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Passively Augmented LiDAR using Flash LiDAR Compressive Sensing

Press Release

Press Release

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a Flash LiDAR Compressive Sensing (FLiCS)system as a potential alternative to a traditional scanned lidar for use in a Passively Augmented LiDAR (PAL) system.

Physical Sciences, Inc will develop a Passively Augmented LiDAR (PAL) using a Flash LiDAR Compressive Sensing (FLiCS) architecture. This system is designed to support enhanced target detection and identification in a low SWaP-C package by pairing a wide field of view (FOV) passive polarimetric long-wave infrared imager with the narrower FOV FLiCS. Key benefits of the PAL-FLiCS architecture include: 100% fill factor coverage and increased spatio-temporal diversity of measurements (both of which increase potential for obscurant penetration), reduced data volume, increased immunity to hot spots, background, and air column backscatter rejection. The Phase I program will focus on evaluating the efficacy of PAL-FLiCS sensing modalities via analytical modeling in the context of target detection and identification.  This work will culminate with the development of a conceptual design for the prototype to be built under the Phase II effort.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth C. Schundler
Group Leader, Optical Systems Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.
Office: (978) 689-0003

Acknowledgement of Sponsorship: This work is supported under a contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Eglin AFB. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.