Omnidirection Pulsed Three-Dimension Imaging Coherent Aperture Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7351
Agency Tracking Number: B122-007-0210
Amount: $99,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-007
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shilpa Pradhan
 Team Leader
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the MDA need for techniques to perform warhead characterization, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Omnidirection Pulsed Three-dimension Imaging Coherent Aperture Sensor (OPTICAS) system based on a multi-aperture coherent 3D imaging system omnidirection view. The innovation in using coherent detection system with electro-optic gating allows recording the amplitude and phase of the backscattered light and will enable capturing of full-hemisphere warhead fragments data during warhead tests. As a result, this system offers high-velocity capturing of objects with sufficient resolution and determines individual fragment velocities, which directly address the MDA requirements. In Phase I, POC plans to develop a preliminary design of OPTICAS system and evaluate its effectiveness by using a laboratory prototype to dynamically image multiple objects in 3D space, map their velocities, and estimate their masses. A software model to detect, track, and derive position and velocity of each debris object will be demonstrated. Based on Phase I results, in Phase II, POC will design, develop, and implement a full-hemispherical warhead characterization system and associated test and data collection software to demonstrate its performance in a simulated environment. A path to support a ground-based warhead characterization test for field environment will be presented.

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