Polarimetric Sensor for Air-to-Surface Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$729,924.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0020
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4125
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-005
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
J. Pezzaniti
Chief Technical Officer
(256) 562-0087
larry.pezzaniti@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
President
(256) 562-0087
david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Polarization imaging holds promise for providing significant improvements in contrast in a number of target detection and discrimination applications. In several recent development efforts, it has been demonstrated that manmade objects have a significantly stronger polarization signal than natural backgrounds resulting in good contrast that complements the conventionally imaged infrared signature. However, these experimental polarimetric systems frequently require long data acquisition times which result in artifacts in the polarization imagery due to platform or target motion, or involve very large hardware packages not appropriate for an EO seeker system. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc proposes in a phase II effort to build a LWIR division of focal plane imaging polarimeter. The system will comprise a micro-polarizer array developed by University of Central Florida bonded to a micro-bolometer FPA. Two copies of the imaging polarimeter will be developed and tested. Field testing will be conducted at by measuring military targets against variable earth backgrounds at the Precision Armaments Laboratory 300 foot tower facility, Picatinny Arsenal.

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