UAV-based mine detection using a short pulse, high repetition rate, multicolor laser transmitter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-05-C-3028
Agency Tracking Number: N043-203-0303
Amount: $69,939.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-203
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
910 Technology Blvd, Suite K, Bozeman, MT, 59718
DUNS: 062674630
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony Roberts
 Laser Physicist
 (406) 522-0388
Business Contact
 Philip Battle
Title: Vice President of Technology
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I effort will demonstrate the feasibility of a UAV compatible lidar scanner/receiver for use with a high repetition rate, short pulse, multicolor laser transmitter. The system features an electro-optic beam scanner and a fiber optic receiver. The key innovation in this effort is a beam steering device without moving parts which offers high bandwidth, wide scan range, low loss, and high power handling capability. The receiver to be identified is a shaped, narrow field of view fiber optic receiver. The scanning/receiving system will be capable of detecting short (subnanosecond) pulses operating at high repetition rates (>> kHz) over multiple wavelengths optimized for detection in the Very Shallow Water littoral zone region. The compact, robust, energy efficient, multi-wavelength detection, long-life cycle capable scanning and receiver system proposed in this SBIR effort will be ideally suited for use in a UAV-based laser mine detection system as called for by the Navy ALMDS program.

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