ILARTS Imaging Sensor for Day/Night Aircraft Approach and Landing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32707
Amount: $597,104.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John L. Lowrance
 (908) 274-0774
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The television cameras utilized by aircraft carrier Landing Signal Officers need to provide good imagery, day and night, under conditions where the aircraft is illuminated by ambient light but the aircraft's bright landing lights are on, resulting gin intra-scene dynamic range of ~10E6. These TV cameras provide the Landing Signal Officer with glide-slope and lineup information, and also view deck operations, approaches, and launches. For this application, vital to aircraft carrier operations, there is a real need to develop a television image sensor and camera system to replace the Image Isocon based cameras which are no longer manufactured. The television image sensor technology affording the necessary dynamic range are the Charge Coupled Devices ("CCDs"). Thier high quantum efficiency and low readout noise make CCDs competitive at low illumination levels with intensified image sensors and provide superior performance at moderate and high light levels. AS discussed in this proposal, CCD technology appears to afford the best prospect for matching or exceeding Image Isocoan performance in the demanding ILARTS application. This will be investigated further in Phase I.

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