Enhanced Lucky Imaging for Space Situational Awareness

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA9453-09-M-0103
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-199-1717
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-199
Small Business Information
Applied Science Innovations, Inc.
185 Jordan Road, Troy, NY, 12180
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
112249359
Principal Investigator
 Mikhail Gutin
 Senior Scientist
 (518) 833-6897
 rlowther@siliconspacetech.com
Business Contact
 Mikhail Gutin
Title: Vice President
Phone: (518) 833-6897
Email: jgwin@siliconspacetech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the need of the Air Force in terrestrial based optical imaging for space situational awareness (SSA) with high-resolution imagery, Applied Science Innovations, Inc. (ASI) proposes development of the Coded-Aperture Lucky Imaging for Space Situational Awareness (CALISSA) – a novel, computational coherent-imaging technique capable of high-resolution and high performance imaging without increasing optical telescope size.  Adaptive optics techniques have been the primary method for compensating for the degradation of imagery by atmospheric turbulence.  A new technique, “lucky imaging” was enabled by developments in low light level charge coupled devices with very low noise.  Both adaptive optics and lucky imaging rely on a star of known quality in the field of view.  High-resolution imaging in SSA requires an alternative to fixed reference stars.  The proposed patent-pending CALISSA addresses the needs of SSA imaging with a novel coded-aperture optical system with extremely high resolution and dramatically reduced effect of atmospheric turbulence, with low-cost, lightweight optics.  Phase I will establish feasibility of the CALISSA concept.  In Phase II, a functional pre-production CALISSA prototype will be developed and delivered to the Air Force for evaluation and use.  In Phase III, the CALISSA design will be further developed to Technology Readiness Level 9 and commercialized as a ground-based imager for SSA. BENEFIT: The benefits of the proposed CALISSA include extremely high, nearly diffraction-limited resolution, virtually eliminated atmospheric effects; high frame rates, and extremely broad spectral coverage.  Commercial applications of CALISSA are in high-resolution terrestrial imaging of distant objects, improved satellite and aerial reconnaissance, security, surveillance, free-space optical communications, space-based remote sensing, weather sensing, and high-altitude aerial photography.

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