Rapid Assembly and Alignment of Electro-Optical Sensor Payloads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0136
Agency Tracking Number: F103-118-0730
Amount: $98,631.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-118
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Brian Catanzaro
 Chief Engineer
 (858) 204-6299
 bcatanza@alumni.caltech.edu
Business Contact
 Brian Catanzaro
Title: Sole Proprietor
Phone: (858) 204-6299
Email: cfespie@pacbell.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: Electro-optic (E-O) sensor payloads play a critical role in the gathering of information for variety of uses for both civilian and national security interests. Systems that provide this function can be grouped in terms of their capability which determines to a great degree their application. There is increasing motivation for reducing the assembly, integration, and test (AI/T) of optical systems. The development of E-O sensor payloads has been historically resource intensive for a variety of reasons. One powerful driving force behind the expense is that the manufacturing technology required to achieve the performance requirements leaves little room for alignment tolerances. One potential method of addressing this sensitivity to alignment tolerances is to design and build optical systems using computational imaging principles; converting from a simple imaging system into a signal processing system. BENEFIT: Reduction in cost and increase in performance for commercial optical systems (e.g. digital camera manufactures, digital video camera manufacturers, remote sensing system vendors). Reduction in cost and increase in performance for government/military systems (e.g. E-O payloads for space, UAV, or manned aircraft platforms).

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