Multi-Function Laser Radar (LADAR) for Rotorcraft Brownout and Cable Warning/Obstacle Avoidance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1808
Agency Tracking Number: F093-137-0228
Amount: $99,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093C-137
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Stevenson
 Director of Program Development
 (703) 471-7671
 gstevenson@fibertek.com
Business Contact
 Guy Beaghler
Title: President
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: gbeaghler@fibertek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A multi-function ladar architecture will be investigated which is capable of dynamically adapting to flight conditions. The transmitter used is a high-power fiber laser approaching the 10W level. Receiver technology will utilize legacy designs providing useful operation under DVE conditions. A novel wide FOV scanner will be used to provide obstacle and wire detection. Novel signal processing methods will be used to allow for operation at long range as well as under DVE. BENEFIT: USAF, Army, DOD and commercial users will benefit from the technology developed under this effort. A system capable of operation under DVE conditions that can also provide full-time obstacle and terrain avoidance will directly benefit users by allowing for safer operation under degraded flight conditions.

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