Stabilized Laser Rangefinder Built into a Binocular

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: A2-2914
Amount: $349,972.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: A06-041
Solitcitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Duns: 153865951
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alexander Naumov
 Group Leader
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
The Army needs a miniature laser rangefinder built into M-25 binoculars, which have active stabilization. To meet this need, Physical Optics Corporation proposes to build and test a Stabilized Laser rangefinder built into a Binocular (SLABIN), with tilt compensation by a feedback loop. In Phase I we proved that the laboratory SLABIN prototype with MEMS mirror-position sensitive detector feedback effectively suppressed jitter introduced by the scanning mirror by up to 20 dB. The feedback loop exhibited high stability at up to 300 Hz. The Phase I demonstration involved integrating SLABIN components with our existing technologies, including laser rangefinders, adaptive optics, electro-optical elements, and design of complex measurement systems. Our Phase II efforts will significantly improve the SLABIN, speeding up the feedback loop (up to 3 kHz), expanding range (to>5 km) and measurement precision (<0.5 m) of target coordinates (<5 m) and speed, adding functions of laser beam divergence compensation, target designation, and wireless data transmission. The Phase II prototype will be integrated with M-25 binoculars and tested in the field to verify that its performance meets the Army need.

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