Electronically Scanned LADAR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-1642
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-129-0617
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-129
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Shilpa Pradhan
Team Leader
(310) 320-3088
EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force"s need for non-mechanically steered 3D imaging LADAR, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Electronically Scanned LADAR (ESLADAR), based on a novel integrated nonmechanical high-speed ferroelectric liquid-crystal (FLC) spatial light modulator (SLM) as a phased-array based scanner with 3D flash mosaic imaging. POC"s ESLADAR offers high precision for improved 3D imaging area rates and fast scan laser beams over a large FOV to 5°, directly addressing the acquisitions platform requirements of the Air Force. Innovation in design allows placement of the ESLADAR in front or behind midwave infrared forward-looking infrared optics. In Phase I, POC plans to design, develop, and evaluate the ESLADAR concept, using a computer model. We will build a proof-of-concept prototype, showing the non-mechanical beam steering concept, using the FLC SLM to achieve the required steering rate and resolution. Based on this prototype, in Phase II, POC will develop and implement a breadboard sensor demonstrating mosaic imaging over a 5 deg x 5 deg FOV, with steering rates and resolutions defined in Phase I. In Phase II, the ESLADAR will fit the SWaP constraints of a tactical pod. BENEFIT: Commercial applications will include airborne, ground-based, and subsurface 3D LADAR imaging systems; detection of littoral zone targets; natural disaster assessments; coastal zone surveys; environmental assessments; and search-and-rescue systems. POC"s ESLADAR can also provide remote surveillance at U.S. borders, 3D mapping, mission planning, 3D simulation, obstacle identification, and autonomous navigation under rugged conditions. The technology is perfect for aerial drones, terrestrial drones, and robots because it is designed for UAVs with small size, light weight, and low power consumption. It also has medical, manufacturing, and scientific applications.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government