Cyclops

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,855.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-041-1451
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Richard Hartman
CEO
(256) 971-0036
hartman@aos-inc.com
Business Contact:
Kristina Parmenter
Business Manager
(256) 971-0036
contracts@aos-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Army needs smaller and cheaper precision weapon systems. Semi-Active Laser guidance (SAL), invented in the 1960's at the Army Missile command, is a powerful approach to smart weapons. In the past, SAL seekers used quadrant detectors, narrow field-of-view optics, gimbals, and actuators. While very effective, they are expensive. Several programs are desperate for a low-cost solution. One driving tactical need for less expensive precision weapons is today's asymmetric warfare - the need to hit more, softer targets while minimizing collateral damage means more, smaller precise weapons. Low-cost requires elimination of the mechanical gimbal, and therefore requires a wide field of view. The key to our solution is a ball lens that is inherently omni-directional, and thus the basis for an extremely wide field-of-view strap-down-seeker. Our solution involves a truncation that puts the detector into the correct plane for the desired field of view, Putting facets on the truncated surface allows us to use a narrower band filter to suppress sunlight.

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