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PASSIVE SENSOR ALTITUDE AND TERRAIN AWARENESS SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
14885
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14885
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: PASSIVE SENSOR ALTITUDE AND TERRAIN AWARENESS SYSTEM
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $497,806.00
 

Abstract:

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I STUDY IS TO EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A PASSIVE OPTICAL SENSOR ALTITUDE AND TERRAIN AWARENESS SYSTEM (ATAS). THE BASIC TECHNIQUE PROPOSED FOR STUDY MAKES USE OF THE OPTICAL FLOWFIELD PRESENT IN ALL PASSIVELY-IMAGED DYNAMIC SCENES, TO DEVELOP EVOLVING AND AUTONOMOUS ESTIMATES OF RELATIVE TIME/RANGE TO ALL POINTS IN THE IMAGER FIELDOF-VIEW. THE PROPOSED ARCHITECTURE CONSISTS OF A PASSIVE IMAGING SENSOR DRIVING A FLOW-FIELD COMPUTER, WHICH GENERATES MEASUREMENTS FOR A STATE/TIME ESTIMATOR AND DOWN-STREAM TERRAIN MODELER. A VIRTUAL IMAGE HELMET-MOUNTED DISPLAY PROVIDES THE PILOT WITH COMPUTED TERRAIN-RELATIVE ALTITUDE, AND AN IMAGE OF THE LOCAL TOPOGRAPHY. WE PLAN AN INITIAL APPLICATION OF ATAS TO TERRAIN-FOLLOWING FLIGHT AND PROPOSE A PHASE I FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT COMPRISED OF FOUR TASKS. WE WILL: 1) DEFINE THE OVERALL SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR ATAS; 2) DEVELOP A SIMULATION OF BOTH THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT AND THE PROPOSED SYSTEM; 3) SIMULATE OVERALL OPERATION, CONDUCT PERFORMANCE TRADES, AND SPECIFY SENSOR, SIGNAL PROCESSING, AND COMPUTATIONAL REQUIREMENTS; AND 4) DEFINE REQUIREMENTS FOR PHASE II DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A WORKING PROTOTYPE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Greg L Zacharias
Principal Investigator
6174913474

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Charles River Analytics Inc.or
55 Wheeler Street Cambridge, MA 02138

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No