Rocket Engine Diagnostics
Whether in situ or remote, we have deep experience in analyzing rocket engine plumes to optimize performance and create predictive diagnostics. We have worked with the Air Force Research Lab and commercial companies to provide the exhaust plume analytics in both areas. Our techniques also enable optimal use of expensive components in reusable rocket engines.
Precision Weapon Systems
We work with multiple military services to turn “dumb” weapons into precision-guided weapons. From rockets and mortars to artillery rounds, we can enable “one shot, one kill” capabilities. This lowers the total cost to defeat a target and limits collateral damage.
Our current program extracts thermal information over long distances. We track the vehicle from the boost phase through release. From the rocket through the glide phase, we extract the temperature along the body of the hypersonic vehicle. We also track it and can guide an intercept to the vehicle. For powered hypersonics, we can also identify and extract information from the engine in real-time.
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Our image processing technologies allow you to find information in poor quality images and video. Our MWIR image enhancement techniques allow the use of low-cost sensors to perform as well or better than higher-cost sensors. Our techniques allow savings in size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) with performance equal to more expensive sensors.
Developing hyperspectral and multispectral imaging systems is at the core of what we do and have been doing for 30 years. Our systems cover wavelength ranges from UV-visible-near infrared, short-wave-infrared, up to mid-wave, and long-wave infrared. We’ve developed sensors using a wide variety of instrument types and are continuously improving the software control system for our sensors. Our sensors cover a wide range of configurations and the performance characteristics range from ultra-high-speed events like missile intercept and kill assessment to those with very low noise requirements.
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The majority of unmanned vehicles are merely unoccupied but still require human supervision on a 1:1 basis. OptoKnowledge offers true autonomy with multiple platform command and control, allowing a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles for true force multiplications.