High-Resolution Wide-Field Night Vision Goggle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,953.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-6892
Award Id:
86824
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-010-0509
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SA PHOTONICS (Currently SA PHOTONICS, INC.)
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119301831
Principal Investigator:
Michael Browne
VP of Product Development
(408) 348-4426
m.browne@saphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Coward
President
(415) 977-0553
j.coward@saphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Night vision has been a key enabling technology for the past 30 years that has allowed US pilots to "own the night". In many engagements, our dominance of the nighttime environment was the decisive factor in victory. One of the big disadvantages of night vision systems is that they have not provided pilots with good peripheral vision, since most have a total field of view (TFOV) of only 40 degrees. The PNVG addresses the need for wide field of view and has received very positive reviews from aviators. In the 15 years since the PNVG was designed, tremendous advances have been made both in the area of microdisplay technology and in the area of high-resolution digital night vision sensors. Our high resolution night vision system (HRNVS) will have improved resolution, 2) improved weight and center of gravity, 3) reduced peripheral obscurations compared to PNVG. Our decades of experience in designing head mounted displays convinced us that these three factors will make a compelling case for a new panoramic night vision goggle system. In addition, we have designed a novel helmet interface kit and mount which we believe will be lighter and easier to use than the current "banana clip" system.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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