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20 August 2007


DARPA selects Goodrich for continued development of InGaAs-based night-vision technology

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has selected Goodrich Corp for the continued development of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) visible and shortwave infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) for use in passive night-vision imaging systems.

In September 2005, DARPA MTO awarded a contract to Sensors Unlimited Inc of Princeton, NJ, USA in three, 12-month phases (worth a total of $4.5m, if fully executed) to develop a 1280 x 1024 pixel, dual-wavelength, visible and shortwave infrared FPA. Sensors Unlimited Inc pioneered the design and production of shortwave infrared cameras and systems using InGaAs imaging technology for industrial, commercial, military, agricultural and scientific markets . The firm was subsequently acquired by Goodrich in Q4/2005 (becoming its SUI team) .

“Our team has successfully completed the first phase of this contract and we now look forward to taking the technology to the next level,” says Edward Hart, VP & general manager of Goodrich’s SUI team. “The focus of this next phase of development will be to raise the resolution of the camera we developed in the first phase and make the imager more sensitive, allowing for better night-vision capabilities.” The FPA aims to reach DARPA’s goal of identifying a human target at 100m under no-moon conditions.

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