Next-Generation Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and Miniature Designator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-15-M-0225
Agency Tracking Number: F151-112-1582
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF151-112
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-23
Small Business Information
15985 NW Schendel Avenue, Suite 200, Beaverton, OR, 97006
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Williams
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: Mr.
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Research Institution
ABSTRACT:A novel next-generation (Next Gen) semi-active laser (SAL) seeker will be developed, which includes a novel gun-hardened miniature eye-safe laser designator, ideal for weapon and UAV mounting. The laser will optionally be configured with a laser positioning and timing (PAT) imager, which can be used to aid target handover and to provide active feedback for beam stabilization. The SAL seeker will be configured with a wide-field of view optic, and with an integral diffuser, which provides superior laser spot-detection capabilities. The seeker will also include a new class of focal-plane array, which allows for simultaneous acquisition and identification of a large number of laser pulse repetition frequency (PRF) codes. In Phase I, each of the components will be demonstrated, alone and configured into a proof-of-concept prototype. The performance will be used to update system models, which will be used to configure a robust system to be fabricated and demonstrated in Phase II.BENEFIT:The eye-safe laser detection, locating, and pulse-processing technology will be used commercially in a number of applications, including 3D site and building surveys, land mapping, rangefinding, 3D imaging, gesture recognition, and automotive collision avoidance and driver-assistance systems, as well as free-space optical communications systems.

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