High-Resolution Wide-Field Night Vision Goggle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,299,996.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-09-C-6018
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-010-0509
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SA PHOTONICS
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119301831
Principal Investigator:
Michael Browne
VP 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. A large survey of USAF pilots found that the most often requested improvement to night vision goggles was to have a larger field of view. The Panoramic Night Vision Goggle (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 microdisplay technology and high-resolution digital night vision sensors. SA Photonics HRNVS design has demonstrated the potential for a wide field of view (FOV) digital night vision system. This system will will advance the state of the art in panoramic night vision goggles by keeping the benefits proven out by the PNVG system while providing a significant increase in usability. BENEFITS: A wide field of view digital night vision system will provide benefits to military aviators, search and rescue personnel and ground soldiers. The benefits will include lower weight, better center of gravity and improved performance when compared with existing solutions.

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