Compact 3-D Intercept LADAR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N0017803C1057
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0743
Amount: $749,755.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation 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
 Principal Investigator
 (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 has demonstrated during Phase I, through modeling and analyses, that an imaging, scannerless LADAR (or 3-D imager) can be designed and built that is a viable sensor for the terminal phase guidance of kinetic energy weapons. The technique combinesan innovative mix of electro-optical and photonic technologies: a small, efficient 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 simultaneousrange and intensity images. All component technologies were investigated and found to be sufficiently developed that construction of a prototype sensor is practical at this time. The proposed 3-D LADAR promises to provide a cost-effective imaging sensorthat 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 may be calculated from the 3-D image and the intensity image could possiblyobviate the need for a separate 2-D imaging sensor.

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