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3D Visualization System for Tracking and Identification of Objects

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Photon-X, Inc
360-C Quality Circle Suite 350 Huntsville, AL 35806-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: 3D Visualization System for Tracking and Identification of Objects
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNK06OM10C
Award Amount: $69,396.00


Photon-X has developed a proprietary EO spatial phase technology that can passively collect 3-D images in real-time using a single camera-based system. This technique provides the capability to sense and understand objects and features within a range of distances from low atmospheric altitudes to space. Feedback from the camera allows the Photon-X system to perform 3-D path planning and trajectory assessment for multiple objects of various sizes and shapes. Spatial phase technology provides scene date that is range independent and angle invariant allowing data of tumbling objects to be collected even in the presence of smoke, clouds, or haze. During Phase I, Photon-X plans to model 3D views of tumbling objects and develop preliminary feature extraction and predictive trajectory and range software tools. These tools will be used to demonstrate proof-of-concept for a single controlled scenario. This initial groundwork will be used in selecting the best design approach for Phase II to meet established system goals. A Phase II system will build on the concepts shown in the Phase I proof-of-concept demonstration. A Phase II system will collect image data and track an object in real-time with collected data stored and processed later for feature extraction and 3D modeling.

Principal Investigator:

Blair Barbour
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Blair A. Barbour
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4835 University Square, Ste 8 Huntsville, AL 35816

EIN/Tax ID: 631226619
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No