SUAS-Mountable Multi-Spectral Photomechanical Imager

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-1534
Agency Tracking Number: F083-137-1777
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-137
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Erdtmann
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Lisa Lamenzo
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
Agiltron will demonstrate a low-SWAP (size, weight, and power) multi-spectral imager based on our proven photomechanical IR imaging technology where an LWIR scene is transduced into a visible signal and optically readout by a visible CMOS or CCD imager. The multi-spectral photomechanical imager that will be developed in this program will provide imaging capability in four different wavebands—the visible, NIR, SWIR, and LWIR—by extending the capability of its optical readout architecture to capture multiple wavebands and optically fuse them onto a single imager. This will enable the Air Force SWAP and resolution objectives for a multi-spectral imager to be met for the first time. BENEFIT: Advanced thermal camera technologies will play increasing roles in future military systems. Thermal cameras are the key component for military surveillance, night vision, target identification, and countermeasures. The proposed low-SWAP multi-spectral imager development program represents a major technology breakthrough, facilitating wide use of these highly capable imagers in military applications. In particular, the proposed novel approach will find immediate use in equipping SUAS platforms, such as the RQ-11B Raven, to grant the warfighter all-location, all-condition imaging. The multi-spectral imagers can also be deployed as helmet-mounted tactical sensors for infantry soliders, thermal weapon sights, replacements for image intensifier tubes in night vision goggles, and driver’s vision enhancement sensors. Targeted DoD end user agencies include the Army, Air Force, Marines, and SOCOM.

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