EO Scanned Micro-LADAR

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

$747K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Abstract

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.