Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Radar

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-08-C-0254
Agency Tracking Number: F071-236-1411
Amount: $749,979.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-236
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Murray
 Corporate Senior Scientis
 (303) 651-6756
 jmurray@arete.com
Business Contact
 David Kane
Title: Vice President
Phone: (520) 571-8660
Email: dkane@arete.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Rapid and reliable identification or discrimination of friendly and hostile targets at beyond visual ranges remains a major technical challenge that may be best served by advances in ladar technology. Next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) ladar systems will tackle the difficult problem of detecting, identifying and imaging targets at great range. Ladar based ISR systems may also serve a critical role in detecting underground facilities by sensing chemical and biological effluents or performing battle damage assessment by sensing changes in the target signature (before and after strike) or by measuring a target’s vibration (i.e. engine on or off). Future missile defense systems, such as the Airborne Laser (ABL) or next-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicles (EKV), will rely on very long range ladar sensors to detect and track targets and discriminate targets from decoys. All of these applications require advances in the ladar technology to improve performance, reliability, cost, size, weight and power. In this program, Areté Associates will develop an adaptive multi-waveform ladar approach based on our proprietary high time-bandwidth product unambiguous ladar waveforms. The effort will specifically focus on the refining the waveform to include an interrogation component and features that will allow adaptive waveform operation for closed-loop target detection augmentation.

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