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Processor for Real-Time Atmospheric Compensation in Long-Range Imaging

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
EM Photonics, Incorporated
51 East Main Street Suite 203 Newark, DE -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Processor for Real-Time Atmospheric Compensation in Long-Range Imaging
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNK07MA09C
Award Amount: $599,357.00


Long-range imaging is a critical component to many NASA applications including range surveillance, launch tracking, and astronomical observation. However, significant degradation occurs when imaging through the Earth's atmosphere. The subsequent effects of poor image quality range from inconvenient to dangerous depending on the application. In Phase I, EM Photonics developed a prototype solver based on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology capable of enhancing long-range images and videos by compensating for atmosphere induced distortions. This solver was built on an FPGA-platform and thus offered a significant performance increase over traditional, software-based approaches. In Phase II, we will extend this prototype to process incoming video streams in real-time for a variety of formats, including the high-definition version used by NASA. The resulting device will be light-weight and low-power and can be integrated with current video collection, viewing, and recording equipment. This device can be used to process data as it is collected (in real-time) or from previously recorded imagery and deployed with camera systems or in data centers depending on the application. Additionally, since this processing unit is built on FPGA technology, it can easily be extended to perform a variety of other tasks such as compression, encryption or further processing.

Principal Investigator:

James L. Durbano
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Eric B. Kelmelis
Business Official
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EM Photonics
51 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711

EIN/Tax ID: 510411701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No