Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) was founded by Dr. Roger Stettner in 1987 to focus on emerging technologies specifically related to enhanced imaging and applications.
The company’s focus is 3D Flash LIDAR™ technologies and cameras. Today, unique 3D video cameras, built on ASC’s patented technology, collect full frames (128x128 pixels) of 3D point cloud data per single laser pulse (Flash LIDAR), up to 60 frames per second. Capturing both range and intensity with these cameras allows for a wide range of use models.
Because ASC’s Flash LIDAR carries its own eye-safe illumination (laser) source and has the ability to image through dust, fog, smoke or other obscurant conditions, ASC’s 3D Flash LIDAR data provides significant situational awareness, accurate 3D representation of the scene including measurements, real-time imaging through obscurants including brownout, night-time or otherwise hostile conditions in single 3D images or streaming videos. The "framing camera" nature of ASC’s cameras and its real-time 3D video output makes them ideal for moving-vehicle solutions such as automotive and aviation, as well as object capture, identification and mapping applications. The time-of-flight laser flash system operates in the eye-safe wavelength (1.5 um) operating in any lighting conditions, day or night with ranges from 5cm to 5km.
Current ASC 3D cameras have the equivalent of 16,384 range-finders on each sensor chip, allowing the sensor to act as a 3D video camera with functionality well beyond just range finding. ASC’s Flash LIDAR system captures an entire frame of data from a single pulse of light, therefore, platform motion and vibration will not affect the real-time capture and measurements which is not true for any other laser-ranging systems, such as scanning LADAR. Requiring no moving parts, ASC’s system is smaller, lighter, requires less power, and is more rugged than scanning LADAR cameras. Capable of mapping ½ million points per second with little external processing to generate the 128 X 128 range maps at 20Hz, ASC is the only company that has demonstrated single-pulse 3D Flash LIDAR imagery with a sensor capable of such a wide range of physical ranges from centimeters to kilometers.