Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Ranging and Detection (LADAR)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-07-C-0173
Agency Tracking Number: F071-236-2446
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-236
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, 97005
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Williams
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: President
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Research Institution
An Adaptive Multiwaveform (AWF) LADAR design will be developed; the critical technological components tested; characterized and laboratory experiments conducted and modeled to clearly establish feasibility. In Phase I, using high-speed InGaAs and electron-initiated avalanche photodiodes (eAPDs) and high performance amplifiers, the combined effects of varying the waveform’s temporal amplitude, phase, polarization, and frequency content and the APDs temporal response will be characterized. A completed end-to-end system model will be developed using existing analystical, Monte Carlo, and atmospheric-predictive codes. Additionally, during Phase I, the compact AWF-LADAR sensor design will be detailed, and all of the critical technologies, including the adaptive space-to-time RF-photonic waveform generator, will be demonstrated in the laboratory. This will allow a fully-functional prototype to be built and tested in simulated field environments. The effort’s overarching goal is to optimize small-sized low-cost AWF-LADAR sensors capable of both detecting additional target characteristics and efficient operation under challenging environmental conditions. The-AWF-LADAR will also aid in identification and discrimination of friendly forces from noncooperative targets, leading to high-confidence strikes. Advanced signal processing enable a new-generation of smart LADAR sensors capable of conducting a broad range of terrestrial and aerospace surveillance, identification, targeting, assessment, and force protection missions.

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