A High-Speed, Solid-State Camera for Stereo Photogrammetry

Period of Performance: 09/14/1998 - 09/13/2000

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Silicon Mountain Design, Inc.
5055 Corporate Plaza Drive,, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Ultrafast 3-dimensional imaging is needed in the analysis and design of modern air-delivery weapons systems. Current high speed cameras are film based systems relying upon rotating prism/mirror assemblies which require a time delay for start up and synchronization. Because of the mechanical inertia involved, the camera must trigger the experiment (rather than the other way around), and only fixed interframe periods are possible. Silicon Mountain Design proposes a completely solid state alternative which allows for film quality stereo imaging with asynchronous triggering and fast gating control allows for random access to temporal image data with nanosecond temporal resolution, and provides for stereo photogrammetry through the use of common, precision triggering of multiple cameras. Under this Phase II development, SMD proposes to build a film quality stereo camera system running at frame rates up to 10 million frames per second (MFPS) and 16 bit dynamic range for enhanced low-light capability. The camera will be designed to facilitate ultra short exposures through the use of advanced gated intensifiers.