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Fast Synthetic Scene Generation for Directed Energy Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
81880
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-010-1060
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard SE Suite 150 Albuquerque, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Fast Synthetic Scene Generation for Directed Energy Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-07-M-0094
Award Amount: $99,935.00
 

Abstract:

Some of the analysis and computer simulation tools used to evaluate directed energy target tracking systems must have the capability to generate realistic simulated target and background imagery. The images are often degraded by atmospheric turbulence or other phenomena. For many wave optics simulations, the calculations required to effect the transformation from the target reflectance to the distorted and blurred image as seen by the track sensor dominate the simulation run time. MZA proposes to evaluate three different techniques that hold promise for speeding up generation of synthetic target and background scenes. The first will use an analytic model developed for another project that can rapidly generate the required images. The model needs to be better characterized and optimized. The second will evaluate replacing the interpolation done in the MZA lighttunnel algorithm with optimal estimates to reduce the total number of wave optics propagations required. The third technique, cross section averaging, will pre-compute the tilts introduced by each turbulence screen in a wave optics simulation. This approach may offer dramatic improvements in computational efficiency. The evaluations will rely heavily on the MZA WaveTrain wave optics computer simulation.

Principal Investigator:

R. R. Butts
Vice-President
5052459970
butts@mza.com

Business Contact:

Robert W. Praus
President
5052459970
praus@mza.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MZA ASSOC. CORP.
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150 Albuquerque, NM 87106

EIN/Tax ID: 850400557
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No