DARPA has announced the Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks, or MOABB project which seeks to create ultra-compact light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems. The agency has set a Proposer’s Day for Dec. 17 for potential participants in the program, which DARPA said could go for five years with $58 million in funding.
The program envisions an array of 10,000 semiconductor dots on a DVD-sized disc to send and receive pulses of light, creating inexpensive systems that work as well as, or better than, current LIDAR systems.
DARPA plans to run MOABB in three phases, with the first focusing on developing the light-emitting and –detecting cells that can be scaled into larger arrays. Phases 2 and 3 will focus on building arrays consisting on 100 to 10,000 cells.
Advanced registration, which closes Dec. 14, is required for the Proposer’s Day. Additional information is available via DARPA’s solicitation.