Long Focal Length Surveillance System Development

Period of Performance: 12/27/1991 - 12/27/1993


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Tricor Systems, Inc.
Elgin, IL 60123
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A need exists for a long focal length, small, low cost sensor that can be operated beyond threat or visual detection range. A Phase I SBIR effort was conducted to determine the feasibility of a sensor capable of operating from a helicopter or unmanned vehicle. The study concluded that such a system was feasible based on vendor supplied data. The program described in the proposal offers a cautious approach to the development of the system. A three phase effort is proposed that provides check points along the development path. The first phase addresses the high technical risk critical components. The second phase provides detailed design alternatives that weigh size, weight and cost against performance. The final phase fabricates a flyable system and tests the system through flight test. Key to the success of the program is a unique low cost three level stabilization system which will be evaluated in the first phase of the effort.