An Integrated Ultra-Compact Optical Sensor System for Situational Awareness and Aircraft Self-Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0398
Agency Tracking Number: N051-027-1184
Amount: $997,443.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-027
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Guanghai Jin
 Chief Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
The proposal addresses a new class of large field of view two color MWIR uncooled sensing module with an RF sensor system that is based on a revolutionary concept in sensing optics, potentially providing all weather, all aspect, multi spectral threat warning system. The new design is a practical solution to incorporate uncooled IR detection with existing RF warning sensors to significantly enhance situation awareness of aircrafts. Our approach offers all the desirable performance attributes in sensitivity, resolution, detection range, coverage area, accuracy, cost, and weight. The new approach is simple yet highly effective. The proposed system can instantaneously survey the full surrounding space using quadrant staring optics in each of four separate stations on the aircraft without the use of any scanning mechanism, covering the area with the field of view 90¢X x 360¢X FOV. In addition to the large angle of field view, the angle resolution of our system is adequate for detecting all types of launch threats and trajectory tracking. The Phase I work demonstrated the feasibility of the concept and Phase II will produce the full specification-working prototype.

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