Compact 3-D Intercept LADAR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00178-02-C-1045
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0743
Amount: $69,207.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Visidyne, Inc.
10 Corporate Place, South Bedford Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
Duns: 049405111
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christian Trowbridge
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 273-2820
 chris@visidyne.com
Business Contact
 John Bates
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (781) 273-2820
Email: bates@visidyne.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Visidyne proposes to demonstrate that through an innovative mix of electro-optical and photonic technologies, an imaging, scannerless LADAR (or 3-D imager) can be designed and built that is a viable sensor for the terminal phase of guided kinetic energyweapons. Key elements in the mix are; a small, high power laser source, time coded for range, a unique focal plane array (FPA) that decodes the laser returns and fast pixel rate signal processing to recover simultaneous range and intensity images. This combination promises to provide a cost-effective imaging LADAR sensor that can detect passive targets at relatively long range and over a wide field-of-regard. Bearing and range to the target as well as target aspect relative to the interceptor will be calculated. The proposed LADAR would satisfy the needs of BMDO for an advanced terminal phase kinetic-energy interceptor targeting-sensor. Other DoD/NASA/DARPA applications are automated rendezvous and docking of satellites and inspection of orbiting vehicles.Commercial industrial applications include high frame rate 3-D imagery for the purpose of inspection, for example, establishing pose of an object during machining or assembly processes.

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