Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Ranging and Detection (LADAR)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8750-07-C-0173
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-236-2446
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VOXTEL, INC.
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, 97005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124348652
Principal Investigator:
George Williams
President
(971) 223-5646
georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Business Contact:
George Williams
President
(971) 223-5646
georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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