LIDAR Sensor for Underwater and Airborne Mine Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,788.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-07-M-0061
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-130-0427
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-130
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Small Business Information
SALVADOR IMAGING, INC.
4815 LIST DR., Suite 104, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, 80919
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167299465
Principal Investigator:
David Gardner
Principal Investigator
(719) 598-6006
dgardner@salvadorimaging.com
Business Contact:
David Gardner
President
(719) 598-6006
dgardner@salvadorimaging.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) is a helicopter-deployed LADAR system aimed at reducing damage to vessels from mines in shallow littoral waters. The ALMDS system has successfully been demonstrated using a Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR system, however, the time sequential nature of a streak tube system coupled with the dynamic nature of the ocean surface introduces artifact and signal processing complexity in mine detection operations. Moreover, one of the most significant long-term technical challenges identified in mine reconnaissance is submarine-launched, unmanned underwater vehicles "UUV's" designed to look for mines "covertly". Salvador Imaging proposes the development of a 2"x2"x4" flash LADAR system which provides precise snapshots of 3-D data at an update rate of up to 400 frames per second. Unlike current high-speed ROIC efforts, the proposed architecture has high fill factor for good optical sensitivity and can provide spatial resolution comparable to the current ALMDS imaging system. The system proposed makes use of a 532nm laser source, but could easily be extended to other visible or NIR bands as needed. Because the entire data set for each range image is captured simultaneously, artifact from target, platform, or sea-surface motion is eliminated.

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