Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0155
Agency Tracking Number: N053-138-0372
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-138
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Reilly
 Director of Corporate IT
 (520) 571-8660
Business Contact
 David Kane
Title: Vice President
Phone: (520) 571-8660
Email: dkane@arete.com
Research Institution
Due to the limited number of P-3 aircraft, the most economical and expeditious way to enhance operations and ensure crew safety is to incorporate a low-cost expendable Sonochute Launched Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or (SL-UAS). Due to size, power, and weight limitations it is unrealistic to apply traditional gimbal technology to these small vehicles, however, the stability of the platforms, coupled with their small field-of-view sensor necessitates the capability to command and stabilize their sensors to provide useful imagery. By using a MEMS Scan Mirror we will be able to address the power, size, and weight restrictions of the UAS that prohibit the use of traditional gimbal technology, while providing a stabilized pointing system with a large field-of-regard for the IR camera imagery. Additional benefits of the system include:  Pointing capability allows for 90o circular Field-of-Regard (FOR)  Inertial image stabilization allowing for longer integration periods while maintaining Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)  Step-Stare capability allows for buildup of mosaiced scenes

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