Holographic Polarimetric Laser Radar for Surveillance and Discrimination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0145
Agency Tracking Number: N062-157-0426
Amount: $69,798.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-157
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
4815 LIST DR., Suite 104, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, 80919
DUNS: 167299465
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Gardner
 Principal Investigator
 (719) 598-6006
Business Contact
 David Gardner
Title: Principal Investigator
Phone: (719) 598-6006
Email: dgardner@salvadorimaging.com
Research Institution
In order to protect soldiers in modern combat situations, there is growing interest in utilizing unmanned vehicles where possible. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV's) must navigate reliably in a variety of complex environments giving rise to the need for miniaturized, low cost LADAR which can provide accurate ranging data. Several LADAR solutions exist which are compatible with larger Unmanned Ground Vehicles, but most of these technologies cannot readily be transferred to miniaturized platforms. Salvador Imaging proposes the development of a 2"x2.2"x3.5" flash LADAR system which provides precise snapshots of 3-D data at an update rate of up to 100 frames per second. Unlike scanning LADAR approaches, the entire data set for each range image is captured simultaneously. Thus, artifact from target or platform motion is eliminated. The proposed solution will provide robust navigation and obstacle avoidance for vehicles which must be agile enough to effectively maneuver in modern tactical environments. The proposed system has the added advantage that, in addition to providing range information, imaging polarimetry data is simultaneously available to significantly increase the performance of automated target identification algorithms and reducing false alarms.

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