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Conformal Array Superposition Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-C-0138
Agency Tracking Number: F051-147-0146
Amount: $1,246,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-147
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-04-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-07-01
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA 91106
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 Principal Scientist
 (626) 578-0626
 fmr@spilab.com
Business Contact
 Francis Reininger
Title: President
Phone: (626) 578-0626
Email: fmr@spilab.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has an interest in developing a very wide field of view (FOV) sensor that can be made conformal to aircraft and seeker surfaces. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of two wide FOV, conformal sensors, one imaging in the visible wavelength band and the other imaging in the 8 - 12 micron, long wavelength infrared (LWIR) band. The optics of both sensors will resemble the eyes of arthropods, which have evolved tiny, multi-aperture structures consisting of large numbers of independent facets on a convex surface. An arthropod’s "compound eyes" are built as conformal structures around the outside of its head in order to displace a minimal volume for maximum utility. The proposed SPILAB optical systems mimic the same conformal architecture, though the specific implementation is derived from the superposition compound eye. The superposition architecture is desirable because it can yield a 10,000 fold increase in sensitivity over apposition optics. This high sensitivity, together with the large FOV and small, conformal shape make it worthy of investigation for a number of Air Force applications.

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