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6 Phase I Selections from the 99.2 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
HARSH ENVIRONMENT APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES
222 Severn Ave Suite A Building 4
Annapolis, MD 21403
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(410) 349-8330
Dave_Siviter
SOCOM 99-004
Title:Individual SOF operator
Abstract:The primary goal of the SBIR will be achieved by creating a SOF operator imaging package using two I2 systems straddling a head mounted thermal imager. Using analog techniques the goal is to fuse these three elements to create a virtual I2 image fused with a thermal image through a common synthetic aperture. An intermediate goal is the design and prototype of a camera based on a 16mm image intensifier coupled fiber optic taper to a high resolution CCD imager in a form factor specifically developed for head and weapon mounted applications. The final objective is the development of a COTS lightweight single sensor package incorporating the low power electronics and optical elements into one helmet mounted module requiring no field calibration.

PVP ADVANCED EO SYSTEMS
605 N. Poplar
Orange, CA 92868
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(714) 938-0376
Geoffrey M. Miller
SOCOM 99-004
Title:INDIVIDUAL SOF OPERATOR
Abstract:PVPAEO proposes to develop and demonstrate a head-worn sensor package providing simultaneous images from LWIR and NIR/SWIR sensors utilizing a single aperture. The system utilizes commercial sensor technology combined with optics, packaging and sensor fusion technology developed by PVPAEO in support of a range of targeting and situational awareness applications. The design is fully compliant with the stated environmental and mission requirements including the desired weight limit of 1.25 pounds. The system will be configured to support fusion of the LWIR and NWIR sensors. This capability will be demonstrated during phase I of the program using image processing hardware currently being developed under a phase 11 SBIR program funded by ONR. It is expected that a field tested version of the processor would be available to support field evaluation and testing during the phase 11 program effort. During the first portion of the project the PVPAEO team will work with the system users to clearlydefinethemissionrequirementsanddevelopasystemspecification. This task wili be followed by a design effort to adapt the proven system elements and technologies to meet mission requirements. Following a design review with the system users, a prototype will be fabricated, demonstrated and evaluated.

ZYBRON
3915 Germany Lane
Beavercreek, OH 45431
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(937) 427-2892
Evan Zhang
SOCOM 99-004
Title:Individual Special Operations Forces Operator
Abstract:In order to combine the NIR and LWIR sensors together and eliminate the parallax between them, two innovative single aperture configurations are proposed: the first one will use an uniquely designed broad band non-Ge objective with a FOV of 54x42 as the common aperture, and the second one will use a beam splitter as the common aperture then use two identical objectives. The LCD is directly integrated and aligned with the LWIR camera, thus the parallax between tem is also eliminated. The electronic images from NIR/LWIR or both will be displayed on the same LCD by using a selective switch to add the individual SOF operator with navigation and target detection during times of limited vision.The total height of the NIR/LWIR Goggle System (NLGS) will be only 4.5", and the total weight without battery will be only 1.25 Lbs. Two 6V batteries of 1 Lb lasting for 4 hrs will be hooked on the rear of the helmet as weight balance, extra battery/electronics pack on the waist is not necessary. The total weight of the NLGS will be only 2.25 Lbs. It is much lighter than the permitted weight of 6 Lbs.

IRVINE SENSORS CORP.
3001 Redhill Avenue Building #3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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(714) 444-8833
Charles S. Kaufman
SOCOM 99-005
Title:Retro Relector Detector
Abstract:ISC will design and demonstrate a Near IR retro-reflection detection system based on a unique ISC laser transmitter. ISC retro-reflector detection system is a an active search and interrogate sensor system that will detect passive threat optical devices. The types of devices that will be detected with includes both visible (binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes) and near-IR (NVG, Image Intensifiers) sensor systems. ISC proposes to use an multi-layer 3D stack of processing ICs that can will integrated with to a single detector to this retro-reflection detection function. This will be accomplished by performing a series template matching, convolutions, and least squares fitting in order to detect a retro-reflection return and to discriminate threat detection for clutter returns. This will provide a real time threat detection-clutter rejection capability, while maintaining a low false alarm rate, with a wide FOV search capability, in a small man-portable sensor system package. This system will detect the presents of optical/near-IR threat and providing a cue to their location so they can be suppressed. As part of this Phase I effort, ISC will conduct a laboratory demonstration of its novel retro-reflection sensor implementation.

DESERT STAR SYSTEMS
761 Neeson Rd #9
Marina, CA 93933
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(831) 384-8000
Andrew_Goldstein
SOCOM 99-006
Title:CAM+: A Rugged Modular Digital Camera System
Abstract:Digital imagery offers a number of advantages over traditional photography. With few or no moving parts digital cameras can be rugged. The constant evolution of semiconductor technology makes them small and powerful. The CAM+ takes advantage of these factors, and our own expertise in building rugged and modular devices to create a digital camera that not only meets all the requirements of the solicitation, but exceeds them. The small camera housing is entirely sealed. A lens port with a sealant plate and contact free Hall effect buttons means the user will never break the camera seal. A fast FireWire data port eliminates the need for fragile removable storage media and offers effortless connectivity. Combined with a low-power CMOS image sensor, and industry standard interchangeable lenses, CAM+ is a reliable and powerful digital camera. Based on our existing modular VISION architecture, CAM+ will also be highly versatile. The Harris PRISM chipset supports wireless image transmission and RF navigation for position tagging of images. More than a housing around a COTS camera module, the CAM+ will be built from the ground up to minimize weight, power consumption and size, while maximizing performance, reliability and versatility.

INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC MACHINES
60 Fourth Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
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(518) 449-5504
Barry S. Whitmore
SOCOM 99-006
Title:Ruggedized Digital Camera
Abstract:There exists a need within the military and civilian sectors for a system that marries the best qualities of an underwater SLR camera with a camcorder. The IEM system will possess the capability to capture still images, variable frame rate color video up to 30-fps, and audio onto recordable media. The system will employ advanced electronics to create a fully automatic and fully user selectable camera within the same package. This system will use interchangeable and waterproof lenses within the 28mm to 2000mm focal lengths. These lenses will contain auto-focus circuitry that may be defeated for manual operation further extending their capability. Other user selectable features include time and date stamps, exposure control, through the lens metering approach (center weighted, 5 zone, etc.), sealing pressure, and exposure priority. Key areas of innovation include a video camera based upon SLR principles, 30-fps high-resolution color video (> 1 Million Pixels), mass storage using tape or solid state memory technology, and watertight seals between camera bodies and interchangeable lenses. IEM proposes unique, ingenious solutions to each area in this proposal.