Ultra Wide Field of View Night Vision Goggles with Spherical Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0100
Agency Tracking Number: N10B-049-0028
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10B-T049
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
105 Jordan Road, Troy, NY, -
DUNS: 101256519
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jiayin MA
 Senior Optical Engineer
 (518) 283-7500
 maj@intersci.com
Business Contact
 James Woo
Title: President
Phone: (518) 283-7500
Email: woojt@intersci.com
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Zhaoran R Huang
 ECSE Department
110 8th St.
Troy, NY, 12180-
 (518) 276-6086
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The currently fielded AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles (NVG) for use by air crew with a 40degrees Field of View (FOV) creates the so-call soda straw-effect that significantly hinders situational awareness desired for many types of missions. This FOV restriction limit has been identified as a causal factor in numerous aviation mishaps. Recognizing the needs for expanding FOV on NVG, we propose to develop a compact ultra-wide FOV night vision system with spherical sensing suitable for helmet mounting for use by the Navy helicopter aircrew for enhanced situation awareness in night time operations. We also include an option for a two-position zooming NVG object lens implementation to switch between standard 40 degrees FOV and ultra-wide FOV. This two-position zooming NVG approach is an integrated solution to provide both broad situation awareness capability and high resolution magnification of the area of interest. We also propose to conduct research and experiments to develop a test plan to determine the advantages and disadvantages of a wide FOV NVG system and the desirability of incorporating two-position zooming feature in NVG.

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