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Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
86394
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-013-0528
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EM Photonics, Incorporated
51 East Main Street Suite 203 Newark, DE 19711-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0079
Award Amount: $99,981.00
 

Abstract:

MDA is currently developing advanced interceptors for its BMDS. Imaging technology is crucial to this effort for several purposes, including navigation, false-alarm/decoy identification, and estimation of position and speed of potential targets. Although high-resolution imaging systems are readily available, these require (1) power-hungry CMOS arrays (or FPAs) and (2) large-aperture optics, which are heavy, expensive and may not be compatible with the aerodynamic profile of high-speed interceptors. Fortunately, signal processing methods have been developed that enable high-resolution image-capture using low-resolution equipment exclusively, a family of algorithms know as super-resolution. Although super-resolution algorithms have been studied extensively by the research community, their implementation and deployment have been limited due to high computational cost and the inability to work in real-time in realistic applications. We propose the acceleration of super resolution routines using readily available hardware; in particular, an FPGA platform will be utilized given its compatibility with the power/size/cost requirements of missile interceptors.

Principal Investigator:

Fernando Ortiz
Program Manager
3024569003
ortiz@emphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Eric Kelmelis
CEO
3024569003
kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EM PHOTONICS, INC.
51 East Main Street Suite 203 Newark, DE 19711

EIN/Tax ID: 510411701
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No