IR/EO Sensor Trends and Requirements

Period of Performance: 03/26/1991 - 03/25/1993


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Macaulay-brown, Inc.
3915 Germany Lane
Dayton, OH 45431
Principal Investigator


The goal of this effort is to provide an Infrared/Electro-Optical (IR/EO) sensor system technology utility assessment capability which ASD acquisition system decision makers can apply to measure the merits of alternate sensors to fulfill mission needs. The purpose is to fully develop a methodology to define and present the potential benefits of IR/EO sensors, as well as their multifunction applicability. This is done within the framework of the entire weapon system, and an effort will be to make the sensor benefits "understandable" to the decision maker (program manager). Emphasis during the study effort will be on the avionics system's needs to be assessed primarily by their impact on mission and functional performance. The methodology developed will permit the assessment of: (a) IR sensor system performance capability relative to mission functional capability requirements: (b) impact of sensor system design parameter tradeoffs on sensor system performance to identify technology drivers; and (c) sensor system performance effects on critical avionics attributes. The methodology framework will also be extended to RF sensor systems and its application illustrated in an example to demonstrate the feasibility of its use to assess other avionics sensors.