Night Owl Universal Optics for Uncooled LWIR Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,814.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAH01-01-C-R060
Award Id:
52900
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-1201
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2702 Triana Boulevard, SW, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
363526914
Principal Investigator:
Ken Merwin
Secretary-Treasurer
(256) 536-5960
merwin@aos-inc.com
Business Contact:
J.Todd Steigerwald
Director of Contracts
(256) 536-5966
steigerwald@aos-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) offers an innovative approach to the development of universal, inexpensive optics for uncooled IR applications with their Night Owl design. The requirements of small f-number optics and variable focal length to ensureuniform testing of various uncooled IR detectors are investigated. The proposed Cassegrain style optics offers a multi-spectral system in a lightweight, compact package. Coupled with innovative replication techniques, the Night Owl System offerssignificant cost savings and has direct application to missile seekers.The development of universal optics for use in uncooled IR applications will:Provide a means of testing and characterizing uncooled IR detectors from multiple vendors; lead to areduction in operation and support costs in missiles and other military systems by proving uncooled detector technology; and lead to a reduction in production cost of low-cost, lightweight seeker elements for missiles.

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