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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-12-M-0353
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-072-1186
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-072
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
3815 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
807812870
Principal Investigator:
Paul Harrison
Director of Systems Engineering
(505) 345-2327
pharrison@kestrelcorp.com
Business Contact:
Eugene Butler
President
(505) 345-2327
gbutler@kestrelcorp.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
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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