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Multi-aperture Sensor for Hypersonic Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-14-C-0175
Agency Tracking Number: F131-099-0361
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-099
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-13
Small Business Information
2130 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91107-3628
United States
DUNS: 000000000
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 saturates the sensor and reduces the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) below the level required for reliable targeting, guidance, navigation, and situational awareness. During Phase 1, the Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) designed and analyzed a bio-inspired, multiple aperture seeker that can utilize active cooling throughout the viewing apertures to eliminate the problems associated with high temperature thermal loading. During Phase 2, SPILAB will build a prototype for hypersonic wind tunnel testing to confirm that a multiple aperture seeker can view through a hot bow wave. BENEFIT: The actively cooled, multi-aperture seeker will enable hypersonic missiles and munitions to navigate and target using forward looking infrared sensing. The seeker will be useful for both Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air missiles. The forward looking imaging capability will also be useful for future aircraft traveling at hypersonic speeds.

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