Curvature-Based Passive/Active Extended Source Wavefront Sensor for Space Surveillance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-M-0353
Agency Tracking Number: F121-072-1186
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-072
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
3815 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, -
DUNS: 807812870
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Harrison
 Director of Systems Engineering
 (505) 345-2327
Business Contact
 Eugene Butler
Title: President
Phone: (505) 345-2327
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Kestrel Corporation's Distorted Grating Wavefront Sensor detects can be used to sense against point source (classical active beacon) or passively against the image of an extended source. The DGWFS is more tolerance of harsh seeing conditions, such as scintillation, than Shack Hartmann sensors. The proposed Phase I work is to demonstrate (via modeling) performance of such a sensor under seeing conditions nominally similar to airborne, ground and marine space surveillance seeing conditions using an Air Fordce telescope. BENEFIT: The technology will benefit a variety of end users from improved performance in astronomincal telescopes to use on EO/IR platforms to COTS wavefront sensors. THe DGWFS, being more toleranct of poor atmospheric conditions, will enable the benefits of adaptive optics to be realized in a way that will increase the optimized availability of these surveillance assets.

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