NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 S2.05-8791
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Photon Detectors
PROPOSAL TITLE: Versatile, Compact, Low-cost, MEMS-based Image Stabilization for Imaging Sensor Performance Enhancement

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
LW Microsystem, Inc
37466 Stonewood Dr.
Fremont, CA 94536-6652
(510)209-7469

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christian Gutleben
gutleben@lwmicrosystems.com
37466 Stonewood Dr.
Fremont, CA 94536-6652
(805)643-5360

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
LW Microsystems proposes to develop a compact, low-cost image stabilization system suitable for use with a wide range of focal-plane imaging systems in remote sensing and other space-based applications. The system would be used in conjunction with integrated rotation sensors/gyroscopes to deflect light to counteract the effects of vibrations. This approach has the advantage over both image processing software and conventional gimbal-based approaches in being able to stabilize the image to higher frequencies without compromising on image size, resolution or speed. The mass-produced low-cost devices at the core of the system along with the post-assembly electronic tuning of the stabilization module also enable significant cost advantages over other stabilization approaches.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Image stabilization for IR, visible, and UV satellite or aircraft based imaging systems used in remote sensing/earth imaging, non-ground based telescopes where the image panning functions would be especially useful and structure/vehicle/equipment monitoring in extreme vibration environments.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Stabilization of hand-held optical imaging systems such binoculars, video cameras, night vision systems.

Stabilization of IR/night vision systems being integrated in passenger vehicles, and surveillance/security systems.

Military applications in image stabilization for imagers in guided missiles, weapons sights and unmanned air surveillance.