Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0308
Agency Tracking Number: N033-0070
Amount: $69,905.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive,, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
DUNS: 050458132
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lowrance
 Chief Scientist
 (732) 274-0774
 lowrance@prinsci.com
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: President
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Email: lowrance@prinsci.com
Research Institution
 PRINCETON UNIV.
 Richard Miles
 D-414 Engineering Quadrangle, Olden Street
Princeton, NJ, 08544
 (609) 258-5131
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A large majority of aircraft shot down over the past three decades have been lost to infrared (IR)-guided anti-aircraft missiles. One of the major factors affecting final development and deployment of an IR CounterMeasure (IRCM) system on Naval aircraftis the high cost of the system. This proposal seeks to reduce the cost of the detector portion of the IRCM system. Silicon technology offers a promising approach to providing a low-cost missile warning sensor. Such a sensor will use visible and/ornear-IR wavelengths, and so will need to develop methods to mitigate false alarms due to the large number of natural and man-made sources of emissions in this wavelength band (sunlight, both direct and reflected, being a major background source). Theoverall objective is to develop a more affordable imaging missile warning sensor for aircraft self-protection that has adequate sensitivity and wide field-of-view, while removing cost and produceability issues associated with current missile warningtechnologies. The Phase I will consider technologies, capabilities, and design approaches that could be used in the fabrication of a missile warning sensor possessing the above described attributes. Phase I will also include the delivery of a technicalplan that outlines a specific design approach that will include: a development plan, the specification of manufacturing technologies to be used, and the specification of performance capabilities and trade-offs. One important commercial application of anaffordable missile warning sensor would be on commercial aircraft as a component of a countermeasure system to protect against terrorist missile threats. The low cost sensor developed under this task could allow greater protection of civilian aircraft.In addition, a less-expensive missile warning sensor would be applicable to missile warning for armored fighting vehicles, which desperately need such self-protection equipment.

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