Integrated High Resolution Thermal Imager with Small Optics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,994.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-04-C-1132
Award Id:
68067
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2010
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1223 Peoples Ave, Troy, NY, 12180
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112249359
Principal Investigator:
Mikhail Gutin
Chief Scientist
(518) 276-3637
gutin@appscience.com
Business Contact:
Mikhail Gutin
President
(518) 276-3637
gutin@appscience.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Applied Science Innovations proposes the integrated Automatic Panoramic Thermal Imaging Sensor (APTIS), an Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) for use the Future Combat Systems (FCS) network's core systems. Existing panoramic reflectors suffer from inherent aberrations, resulting in smaller effective apertures and larger optics. Phase I results have successfully demonstrated feasibility of the "ViperView" panoramic thermal imager with aberration-corrected, diffraction limited optics. Phase II will build on the Phase I success to deliver the first-generation integrated APTIS prototype with instantaneous full horizon detection, location and tracking of multiple targets. It will feature low-cost panoramic optics, self-mapping with integrated GPS, and advanced power management with wakeup capability for extended battery life. The accurate target bearing and temperature profiles provided by the ViperView imager will aid classification, discrimination, and identification of targets, based on remotely reconfigurable rule sets. Interaction of APTIS with other intelligent nodes of a distributed wireless network will provide scalability as envisioned by the network-centric approach. In Phase III, commercial applications of APTIS will serve the needs of the Army and other branches of the Armed Services, as well as civilian applications such as security and law enforcement.

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