Dual Waveband Artificial Compound Eyes

Period of Performance: 10/31/2012 - 01/31/2015


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Spectral Imaging Laboratory
2130 E Walnut Stret
Pasadena, CA -
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force has a need to develop a new class of advanced, wide field of view (WFOV), dual band infrared sensor that can be deployed on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), missile seekers and smart munitions. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of a 120° WFOV, forward looking artificial compound eye (ACE) sensor for missile seekers and smart munitions, and a 220° Ultra-WFOV ACE sensor for aircraft. Both sensors will have simultaneous 3 - 5 um middle wavelength infrared (MWIR) and 8 - 10 um long wavelength infrared (LWIR) capabilities. Both sensors will be equipped with hyperacuity apertures in the foveal region to improve the accuracy of locating long range targets and to enhance the resolution of images. BENEFIT: The Ultra-WFOV ACE can enhance the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability of the larger RPAs, and the forward looking, WFOV ACE can enhance the guidance, navigation and control of seekers and munitions. The wide angle capability eliminates the need for heavy gimbals and thereby reduces the overall size, weight, and power of seekers and munitions. The dual band capability enables the simultaneous imaging of cold bodies in the LWIR and hot surfaces or missile plumes in the MWIR.