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Dual Waveband Artificial Compound Eyes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: F112-101-1263
Amount: $1,499,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-101
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-10-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-01-31
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 class of advanced, wide field of view (WFOV), dual band infrared sensor that can be deployed on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), missile seekers and smart munitions. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of a 120°WFOV, forward looking artificial compound eye (ACE) sensor for missile seekers and smart munitions, and a 220°Ultra-WFOV ACE sensor for aircraft. Both sensors will have simultaneous 3 - 5 um middle wavelength infrared (MWIR) and 8 - 10 um long wavelength infrared (LWIR) capabilities. Both sensors will be equipped with hyperacuity apertures in the foveal region to improve the accuracy of locating long range targets and to enhance the resolution of images. BENEFIT: The Ultra-WFOV ACE can enhance the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability of the larger RPAs, and the forward looking, WFOV ACE can enhance the guidance, navigation and control of seekers and munitions. The wide angle capability eliminates the need for heavy gimbals and thereby reduces the overall size, weight, and power of seekers and munitions. The dual band capability enables the simultaneous imaging of cold bodies in the LWIR and hot surfaces or missile plumes in the MWIR.

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