Non-Mechanical High Resolution LADAR Based Around A Frequency Swept Optical Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-138-1052
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-138
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Bridger Photonics, Inc
112 East Lincoln, Bozeman, MT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
788293244
Principal Investigator:
Randy Reibel
Chief Operations Officer
(406) 585-2774
reibel@bridgerphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Peter Roos
Chief Executive Officer
(406) 585-2774
roos@bridgerphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Bridger Photonics (BP) and collaborative partner Montana State University (MSU) propose to develop a completely novel, non-mechanical scanning mechanism that will enable a compact, high-resolution, imaging LADAR system for enhanced navigation aid during helicopter brownouts. Such systems are becoming prominent in today’s modernized military especially as the cost in lives and dollars has come to the Navy’s attention. LADAR imaging is needed for increased functionality including enhanced situational awareness, obstacle detection and avoidance during landing. Due to the demanding payload requirements, any enabling technology must be sufficiently rugged, compact and lightweight. BP’s proposed LADAR system will be capable of rapid volumetric scans with resolution up to 1 cm3 over a range of 30 m and a 30º x 60º field-of-view. The system will utilize an ultra-compact laser source, have no moving parts, and take advantage of a unique heterodyne detection technique to reduce receiver electronic bandwidths and processing requirements making the system robust, compact, extremely sensitive and affordable. Under this proposed effort, the team will build a brassboard, scalable prototype system for both ground and flight tests under harsh atmospheric conditions.

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