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Multi-aperture Sensor for Hypersonic Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0174
Agency Tracking Number: F131-099-0361
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-099
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-28
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA -
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 (626) 578-0626
Business Contact
 Ella Makarkina
Title: Owner
Phone: (626) 578-0662
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force has a need to develop a new forward looking infrared imaging system that can actively mitigate thermal loading associated with munitions flight speeds greater than Mach 5. Excessive thermal loading causes the viewing domes to emit a high background radiance, which reduces the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the sensor below the level required for reliable guidance, navigation, and situational awareness. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) will investigate the feasibility of developing a multiple aperture, artificial compound eye (ACE) sensor with active cooling throughout the dome structure to eliminate the problems associated with high temperature thermal loading. BENEFIT: The actively cooled ACE sensor will enable hypersonic missiles and munitions to navigate using wide angle imaging, and to target using forward looking infrared sensing. It will be useful for both Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air missiles. The forward looking imaging capability will also be useful for commercial aircraft traveling at hypersonic speeds.

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