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Space-Based Sensors with Solar Exclusion Baffles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0118
Agency Tracking Number: F103-103-0075
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-103
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA -
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 Principal Scientist
 (626) 578-0626
Business Contact
 Ella Makarkina
Title: Owner
Phone: (626) 578-0662
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force has a need to improve stray light rejection and reduce the solar exclusion angle for space-based optical sensors tasked with detecting and tracking multiple satellites. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of artificial compound eye (ACE) optics with an internal honeycomb louver baffle that can block stray radiation from bright sources such as the sun. ACE optics have the benefit of generating high resolution, distortion free images that have uniform intensity across the field. During Phase 1 SPILAB will design a wide field-of-view (WFOV-ACE) camera for full awareness, near field tracking and a high resolution (HR-ACE) camera for long range tracking. BENEFIT: Will provide the military with systems that are highly relevant to Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). Commercial applications include airborne surveillance requiring shielding from bright sources and machine vision for manufacturing, robotics, and vehicle situational awareness/safety systems.

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