High Sensitivity, Sampling 3D LIDAR Imagers for SZ Mine Detection

Period of Performance: 07/21/2015 - 07/01/2016

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Voxtel, Inc.
15985 NW Schendel Ave. Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Sea mines are a serious threat to U.S. strategic interests in key regions of the world. Increasingly sophisticated, relatively inexpensive, and widely proliferated sea mines present difficult challenges for the Navy to guarantee access to critical regions. Airborne LIDAR systems counter these asymmetric threats, but these early LIDAR sensor systems have availability, cost, reliably, and performance issues. These deficiencies have delayed payload performance and driven up sensor development costs. In this effort, building upon an SBIR developed waveform sampling LIDAR readout integrated circuit (ROIC), a avalanche photodiode (APD) focal plane will be assembled and integrated with camera electronics, and made available for tank and flight tests of underwater targets.