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Proposal Number: 0721090
Proposal Title: High-Probability Weatherproof Remote Search and Rescue Seeker
Topic Number: H-SB07.2-002
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Detection of Human Targets in Open Water
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the HSARPA need for an innovative prototype system for real-time detection of human targets in seawater, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new automated High Probability Weatherproof Remote Search and Rescue Seeker (HiProWSer). This proposed system is based on a high-repetition-rate, pulsed, eye-safe laser, and will offer the capability to detect human targets on the sea surface with at least 90% probability, even during harsh weather conditions and at night. HiProWSer will not be seriously affected by aircraft speed or altitude. In Phase I POC will demonstrate the feasibility of HiProWSer with a robust, executable system design and integration approach, including testing and support plans and simulation results. In Phase II, POC plans to deliver a working prototype for laboratory testing, followed by airborne testing, to prove the concept. The HiProWSer is relatively simple, highly effective, reliable, and low cost. Because of its remote control capability, it could be designed for use on UAVs. The system can thus be employed not only by the Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, but also has great commercial potential for law enforcement agencies and surveillance industries operating on the sea, rivers, and lakes.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC080053
Period of Performance: 01/15/2008 - 07/31/2008
Award/Contract Value: $99,996.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,996.00