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Miniature Mid-Infrared Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08635-03-M-0106
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0415
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
7653 Airlie Drive
Tujunga, CA 91042
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Don Rafol
 Senior Research Physicist
 (818) 354-2294
 don@spilab.com
Business Contact
 Francis Reininger
Title: President
Phone: (818) 352-2213
Email: fmr@spilab.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

A miniature, middle wavelength infrared (MWIR) camera is proposed for remote imaging from an aircraft flying at 50,000 feet. The camera will be small enough to fit inside the viewing pod of the aircraft, which will be flying at speeds approaching Mach 2.The camera will use a two-dimensional detector array sensitive in the 1 - 5 micron band. Part of the research will include an extensive investigation into the availability, cost, and performance of various types of detector arrays, and their suitabilityfor high performance MWIR imaging. The detector will be cooled with a miniature cooler to improve its performance. Hence a portion of the research will focus on the size, performance, and mass of different cooler technologies. Likewise, differentoptical system designs will be investigated with regard to their volume, optical efficiency, and optical performance. A multi-chip electronics module will be used to further minimize the camera footprint. This research will provide the Air Force with aminiature, high performance MWIR imaging camera suitable for high altitude reconnaissance. The camera will be highly sensitive to the detection of engine exhaust plumes from missiles, aircraft, and ships. Commercial applications include hazard warningfor automobiles, search and rescue operations, forestry fire surveys, power transformer line monitoring, and medical imaging for tumor detection.

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