NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-E1.01-8928 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 034077)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Passive Optics
PROPOSAL TITLE:Large Format Uncooled Focal Plane Array

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
1879 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs ,CO 80918 - 7877
(719) 593 - 9501

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephen   Gaalema
sgaalema@bfe.com
1879 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs ,CO  80918 -7877
(719) 593 - 9501
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Uncooled focal plane arrays have improved dramatically and array sizes of 320x240 elements in a 50-?m pitch are commercially available at affordable cost. Black Forest Engineering proposes to design a readout integrated circuit to allow fabrication of a large format 1024x768 element uncooled sensor. The significant innovation is the use of 0.18 ?m CMOS design rules, high duty cycle signal sampling, and power reduction techniques to create a thermal sensor that provides high sensitivity readout of large format microbolometer detection elements sensitive to 8-14 ?m infrared. The thermal IR sensor will be low weight, small volume, low power and robust making it compatible with remote sensing applications such as aircraft, balloon-borne and space flight platforms

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Black Forest Engineering?s proposed large format focal plane array has NASA commercial applications for remote sensing applications such as aircraft, balloon-borne and space flight platforms.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Commercial applications that could utilize Black Forest Engineering's proposed large format focal plane array are forward looking infrared imaging, industrial radiometers, medical imaging, gas/chemical analyzers and surveillance.