Meta Optic MWIR Hostile Fire Sensor for Group 1 UAV

Physical Sciences Inc has been awarded a contract from the U S Naval Air Warfare Center to develop a metasurface optic, midwave infrared hostile fire indicator (MO-MWIR-HFI) featuring on-board, real-time detection and geolocation via spatial localization in concert with a novel, 1- dimensional convolutional neural network automated target recognition (ATR) algorithm.

The approach simultaneously captures snapshot, MWIR hyperspectral images of up to 100s of events from an ultra-compact (< 5 lb) sensor package compatible with Group 1 unmanned air vehicles (UAV) such as the Teledyne FLIR R80D SkyRaider. The MO-MWIR-HFI data product will enable rapid discrimination of HF events from typical confusers at a 60 Hz update rate with nominal angular resolution.

PSI’s Group 1 UAV-compatible MO-MWIR-HFI sensor is intended to serve the force protection and law enforcement sectors. In the force protection domain, the sensor will provide increased situational awareness to soldiers in the battlefield by rapidly alerting soldiers of the presence and origin of HF events. In the law enforcement sector, the MO-MWIR-HFI could be used to rapidly identify and locate an active shooter in scenarios, such as the shootings in Las Vegas in October 2017.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Julia Dupuis
Vice President, Tactical Systems
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003