Lucid Dimensions awarded two Missile Defense Agency SBIR contracts

AUGUST 19, 2009--The objective of these programs is to design spherical detection systems (SDS) for both airborne and space-based platforms.

AUGUST 19, 2009--Lucid Dimensions Inc. (Louisville, CO, USA; www.luciddimensions.com), which develops technologies for 3-D threat detection and tracking, announced today that it has been awarded two Missile Defense Agency Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program contracts. These programs will continue development of Lucid's SDS technology to provide critical capabilities for the United States' Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

The objective of these programs is to design spherical detection systems (SDS) for both airborne and space-based platforms. Lucid will apply its SDS technology to enhance 3-D situation awareness for tracking infrared threats. The SDS will provide high-speed detection into the kilohertz range. Targets will be tracked simultaneously in real time, allowing for precision 3-D pointing of auxiliary imaging and countermeasure systems.

"We are very excited to be working with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in developing sensor systems to protect the US from ballistic missile threats," says Ryan Riel, president and CTO of Lucid. "Our work with spherical detection allows for comprehensive situational awareness and provides many benefits to existing technologies in the battle space. Recent experience applying SDS technologies for perimeter security and hostile fire detection provides an excellent basis to develop next-generation airborne and space-based sensing systems for missile defense."

"These awards are strategic for the United States and Lucid as the technological gains can be applied to numerous other applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), hostile fire detection, perimeter security, collision avoidance, virtual reality, and other systems utilized in the military and private sectors," adds Adam Calihman, CEO of Lucid.

-- Posted by Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com

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