EO Scanned Micro-LADAR

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Vescent Photonics, Inc.
Denver, CO 80216
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


In this phase II SBIR we will design, build, test, and deliver new scanning based micro-ladar sensors with unprecedented small size, weight, and power (SWaP), thereby enabling scanning LADAR deployment on previously inaccessible platforms such as satellites. The system will range out to>1 km, have high frame rates, high resolution (up to 500?500), high range accuracy (<5 cm), weigh less than a kg, be constructed from space deployable technologies with no-moving parts. The enabling technology for this Micro-LADAR system is a combination of two new electro-optic laser scanning technologies: high speed refractive continuous scanners with a 60o?15o field of view (FOV) and diffractive-waveplate discrete or step-wise scanners to boost the total FOV (ultimately up to unthinkable angles such as 120o?120o). The results will be a very low-power, long-life (no moving parts), radiation hard, micro-LADAR.