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Company Information:

Company Name: VEXCEL CORP.
City: Boulder
State: CO
Zip+4: 80301
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (303) 583-0220

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,613,066.00 50
SBIR Phase II $15,802,696.00 26
STTR Phase I $99,977.00 1
STTR Phase II $499,858.00 1

Award List:

DRAWINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr franz w leberl , PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $36,000.00
Abstract:
The wide-spread use of interactive computer graphics in engineering and administration has led to a requirement to convert existing drawings and maps into a digital format foreasy retrieval and manipulation. this has led to the so-called "data conversion problem". a solution for this problem is… More

A SYSTEM TO MONITOR MANDIBULAR MOVEMENTS IN REAL TIME

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Sean Curry , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

SMART MAP-TO-IMAGE MATCHING SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Franz W Leberl
Award Amount: $49,591.00

SMART MAP-TO-IMAGE MATCHING SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Franz W Leberl
Award Amount: $134,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to study the feasibility, and subsequently build a prototype, of a system for automated matching of images and map data bases. this will be based on an evaluation of appropriate map data base structures to address, search for and rank objects that are candidate ground control. it will… More

A SYSTEM TO MONITOR MANDIBULAR MOVEMENTS IN REAL TIME

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Sean Curry , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $425,000.00
Abstract:
A system will be developed to efficiently and accurately monitor movements of the human mandible. the system will consist of a personal computer (pc)-based data acquisition and analysis unit, a nonrestraining extra-oral harness to which is attached a set of light emitting diodes (leds), andtwo… More

E0S WORK STATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Franz Leberl
Award Amount: $49,502.00

E0S WORK STATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Franz Leberl
Award Amount: $499,385.00
Abstract:
Vexcel corp. proposes a workstation that is specifically oriented toward networking with the proposed e0s informationsystem or similar observation systems, and which provides many of the image processing functions that are important to a typical scientific user of this type of remotely sensed data.… More

POLARIMETRY BASED SAR SHAPE FROM SHADING FOR TERRAIN RECONSTRUCTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Franz W Leberl
Award Amount: $49,998.00
Abstract:
Vexcel corporation proposes to develop algorithms and software which incorporate polarization data into techniques for terrain reconstruction using shape-from-shading in multiple-image, synthetic aperture radar (sar) quadpole data. this represents an innovative approach to the problem of resolving… More

HIRIS - ORIENTED VISUALIZATION SOFTWARE SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wolfgang Kober , President
Award Amount: $49,855.00
Abstract:
Vextra corporation proposes the development of a software system for conveniently and meaningfully visualizing large multi-dimensional data sets such as from the future hiris sensor for the earth observing system (eos). the techniquesfor visualization will include volumetric rendering and… More

DETECTION OF FAINT TARGETS USING A NOVEL 3-D FULLY POLARIZED SAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Mr John Thomas
Award Amount: $50,182.00
Abstract:
Vexcel corporation proposes a phase i research effort for the analysis and preliminary simulation of a novel method for detecting high-voltage power lines and towers in unfriendly regions using multiple flight-path synthetic aperture radar (sar) imagery. the proposed method consists of adapting the… More

AN AUTOMATED SOFTWARE SYSTEM FOR UPDATING DIGITAL TERRAIN DATA BASES FROM ALL-SOURCE IMAGERY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr W Kober
Award Amount: $49,867.00

SYMBOLIC MODEL-BASED SAR FEATURE ANALYSIS AND CHANGE DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Wolfgang Kober , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,364.00

AN AUTOMATED SOFTWARE SYSTEM FOR UPDATING DIGITAL TERRAIN DATA BASES FROM ALL-SOURCE IMAGERY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr W Kober
Award Amount: $499,694.00
Abstract:
Vexcel corporation, together with space computer corp., proposes a phase i research effort directed toward the derivation of requirements analyses and algorithmic explorations necessary for the development of an automated digital system capable of detecting long-term (6 months to a year) and/or… More

SYMBOLIC MODEL-BASED SAR FEATURE ANALYSIS AND CHANGE DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Wolfgang Kober , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,968.00
Abstract:
Vexcel corp proposes a phase i research effort to demonstrate the feasibility of a symbolic model-based approach for change detection and extraction of military terrain features in synthetic aperture radar (sar) imagery the phase i effort will concern the development of a rule/fram based description… More

Image-Based Terrain Database Generator for Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Curlander
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Configurable Automated Pavement Distress Survey Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Curlander
Award Amount: $99,923.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, together with the Ohio State University Center for Mapping, propose the development of a system for gathering and processing pavement surface distress data including the automated generation of pavement surface distress information suitable for input to a pavement management… More

Angle-of-Arrival SAR for Detection of Buried Objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Curlander
Award Amount: $98,920.00

Image-Based Terrain Database Generator for Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Curlander
Award Amount: $499,412.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation together with Hughes Training, Inc. Advanced Systems Facility proposes a multi-source terrain database generator for the Vetronics Crew Display Demonstrator system. The system would incorporate information from existing VCDD databases, mapping products, and new imagery to produce… More

Passive Three-Dimensional Location And Tracking For Autonomous Rendezvous

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James C. Curlander , Sr. R&d Engineer
Award Amount: $69,940.00

Feature Based Classification of Interferometric SAR Data for Rapid Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John C, Curlander
Award Amount: $69,937.00

System for Digital Elevation Map Reconstruction from Radarsat Antarctica Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: John Curlander
Award Amount: $64,971.00

Four-Dimensional Geographical Information System For Earth Science Studies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John C. Curlander , President
Award Amount: $69,983.00

Angle-of-Arrival SAR for Detection of Buried Objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Curlander
Award Amount: $372,140.00
Abstract:
A novel signal processing technique is proposed for the detection of buried objects using special configuration of a low frequency synthetic aperture radar. The radar data collection multiple apertures in the vertical or cross-track dimension. The angle-of-arrival signal processing, applied… More

Feature Based Classification of Interferometric SAR Data for Rapid Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John C, Curlander
Award Amount: $599,956.00
Abstract:
A testbed is proposed for the rapid prototyping of algorithms to extract information from three-dimensional (3D) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data including the high resolution digital terrain elevation data (DTED), the backscatter image and the phase correlation image. The testbed will operate… More

Advanced SAR Processing Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to develop and test new and innovative algorithms for the optimal focusing of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. The proposed Phase I effort will involve the development of algorithms tailored for use with low frequency data. The proposed approach will involve… More

Three-Dimensional (3-D) by Videotaping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Lender
Award Amount: $98,963.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute International, proposes to design and demonstrate techniques to reconstruct 3-D scene and object structure from an image sequence, taken freely by an ordinary video camera. The techniques proposed are based upon algorithms… More

Next Generation ATR Algorithms and Automatic Target Recognition Algorithms and Terrain Mapping with FOPEN RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande
Award Amount: $98,961.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, proposes to identify and develop next generation algorithms for automatic target recognition (ATR) using polarimetric ultra-wideband (UWB) synthetic aperature radar (SAR) data. Specifically, we will address the… More

AUTOMATED GEO-RECTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR SPACEBORNE SAR DATA USING INTERFEROMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John C. Curlander , President
Award Amount: $69,983.00

Passive Three-Dimensional Location And Tracking For Autonomous Rendezvous

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James C. Curlander , Sr. R&d Engineer
Award Amount: $599,993.00

A feature extraction and classification toolbox for remote sensing data analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carolyn Johnston
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, working with Fast Mathematical Algorithms and Hardware, Inc., proposes to design and develop an adapted waveform analysis software toolbox for remote sensing data analysis. While many toolkits exist for performing exploratory wavelet analysis, none currently implement the new… More

AUTOMATED GEO-RECTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR SPACEBORNE SAR DATA USING INTERFEROMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John C. Curlander , President
Award Amount: $599,933.00

System for Digital Elevation Map Reconstruction from Radarsat Antarctica Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: John Curlander
Award Amount: $299,920.00

3D Modeling by Videotape

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Lender
Award Amount: $749,837.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute International, proposes to design and demonstrate techniques to reconstruct 3-D scene and object structure from an image sequence, taken freely by an ordinary video camera. The techniques proposed are based upon algorithms… More

Next Generation ATR Algorithms and Automatic Target Recognition Algorithms and Terrain Mapping with FOPEN RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande
Award Amount: $374,618.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation, in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, proposes to identify and develop next generation algorithms for automatic target recognition (ATR) using polarimetric ultra-wideband (UWB) synthetic aperature radar (SAR) data. Specifically, we will address the… More

A Radargrammetric Mapping system Using A Priori Info

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Marty Marra
Award Amount: $66,000.00
Abstract:
Vexcel proposes a system for extracting terrain elevation from large stereo SAR databases using a priori elevation map data. This system will accelerate, automate, and improve the accuracy and robustness of radargrammetricnprocessing for data acquired from wide spectrum of existing and planned SAR… More

HIGH DATA RATE SOLID STATE STORAGE OF DATA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matt Compton
Award Amount: $99,900.00
Abstract:
We outline a possible design for a high-bandwidth, solid state data storage system. We provide an initial evaluation of the suitability of various memory technologies that are currently available for the system.

JAVA DATA ANALYSIS, VISUALIZATION AND 3D COREGISTRATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Johnston, Carolyn S
Award Amount: $99,942.00

Addressing Critical Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Challenges

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $69,859.00

An Efficient Object-Oriented System for Extracting Terrain Features from Contour Maps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston
Award Amount: $69,711.00
Abstract:
Not Available Advanced Cerametrics, Inc. (ACI) has developed a process to manufacture continuous filaments of piezoelectric ceramic materials and had designed and delivered transducer and actuator devices using these fibers to commercial, military and research institutions. Piezoceramic fiber… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lanny D. Mack, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,907.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard E. Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $98,923.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,932.00

A High Capacity Advanced Fuel Filtration System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Ledner, Director of Photogrammetr
Award Amount: $749,894.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, Vexcel Corporation proposes to adapt and expand its existing closerange photogrammetric process to the unique applications of shipbuilding construction. The enhancements examined in the feasibility study of Phase Iwill be added to the FotoG system to create new prototype software of… More

Web-Invocable Skimming Environment (WISE): A Framework for Remote Skimming

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dennis R. Fatland, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
65214 The detection and characterization of seismic signals as they propagate across the earth¿s surface, are needed for verification of nuclear nonproliferation, as well for studies of earthquake source and propagation characteristics and seismic hazards analysis. This project will… More

Automatic Terrain Characterization and Feature Identification in FOPEN SAR Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $748,769.00
Abstract:
Interferometric SAR techniques have been successfully demonstrated to be able to locate pixel scattering centers in three dimensions: however the relative location within a scattering volume does not provide further information that can be used to makemeasurements. Similarly polarimetric techniques… More

Automatic Terrain Characterization and Feature Identification in FOPEN SAR Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Interferometric SAR techniques have been successfully demonstrated to be able to locate pixel scattering centers in three dimensions: however the relative location within a scattering volume does not provide further information that can be used to makemeasurements. Similarly polarimetric techniques… More

Standard Image Compression for Data Link Transmission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $99,881.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to develop a general-purpose compression algorithm for use with complex SAR data. This algorithm will be general in nature and will not be tuned for any particular end-user application. Compressed data will retain theappropriate information required to perform coherent… More

Advanced Techniques for Ballistic Target Detection/Discrimination/Mensuration using Four-Dimensional (4-D) Radar Imaging -- Subtopic BMDO/00-003B - Ra

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Don Coon, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,600.00
Abstract:
"Vexcel Corporation proposes to define advanced signal processing techniques and methods to provide next-generation ballistic target discrimination and mensuration capabilities for the NMD radar system against emerging Midcourse and Terminal Defense Segmentthreats. Signal processing techniques… More

Next Generation Missile Defense Algorithm Develoment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard E. Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $69,883.00
Abstract:
"Next-generation ballistic defense radar systems are likely to exploit large time-bandwidth waveforms for detecting, locating, imaging, discriminating and tracking targets of interest. In this proposal we present a preliminary analysis of potentialperformance degradataion due to such signals. We… More

Automated Battle Damage Indication from Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $514,578.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to develop unique battle damage assessment (BDA) algorithms based on radar signatures produced by high-resolution synthetic aperture radar systems. Our approach takes advantage of telltale delayed response in the SAR dataproduced by radar energy that enters damage holes… More

Revolutionary AUTOFOCUS for High-Resolution Coherent Radar Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Don Coon, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,970.00
Abstract:
"Vexcel Corporation proposes the implementation of a recently invented AUTOFOCUS technique as a revolutionary new way to correct defocus and remove blurring from coherent two-dimensional (2D) radar imagery and as an enabling technology for emerging coherentthree-dimensional (3D) imaging… More

Automated Battle Damage Indication from Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to develop unique battle damage assessment (BDA) algorithms based on radar signatures produced by high-resolution synthetic aperture radar systems. Our approach takes advantage of telltale delayed response in the SAR dataproduced by radar energy that enters damage holes… More

Real-Time InSAR Seismic Wave Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dennis R. Fatland
Award Amount: $748,947.00
Abstract:
65214 High-resolution imaging and characterization of seismic waves, particularly those due to nuclear tests, are needed as they propagate across the earth¿s surface. The information could be used to determine the event source location and depth, as well as its magnitude, and pertains to… More

Real-Time InSAR Seismic Wave Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dennis R. Fatland
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
65214 High-resolution imaging and characterization of seismic waves, particularly those due to nuclear tests, are needed as they propagate across the earth¿s surface. The information could be used to determine the event source location and depth, as well as its magnitude, and pertains to… More

Innovative Technology for Generating Digital Terrain Elevation Data Level 2 (DTED-2) Above 60 degrees N

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Marty Marra, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $95,801.00
Abstract:
"Vexcel Corporation proposes to address challenge of providing DTED-2 elevation data in the "north of sixty" latitude region of the earth using civilian spaceborne synthetic aperture radar. SAR data is well suited to complement the already collectedShuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) data and… More

Truth Quest: Enabling Operational/Exercise Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston, Sr. Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,688.00
Abstract:
"Vexcel Corporation proposes to design and develop an image manipulation toolsetthat uses RF tag technology to embed ground truth data,including identification, geolocation, and auxiliary data, in normal FOPEN SAR imagery.The encoding system is designed not to interfere with the normal operation… More

Advanced Techniques for Ballistic Target Detection/Discrimination/Mensuration using Four-Dimensional (4-D) Radar Imaging -- Subtopic BMDO/00-003B - Ra

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Donald Coon, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $1,901,127.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to define advanced signal processing techniques and methods to provide next-generation ballistic target discrimination and mensuration capabilities for the NMD radar system against emerging Midcourse and Terminal Defense Segmentthreats. Signal processing techniques… More

TruthTags: automatic image markup for SAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston, Sr. Research Engineer
Award Amount: $748,805.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes using RFTag technology to set up an automatic truthing capability for FOPEN SAR imagery, to support algorithm testing in AFRL FOPEN ATD programs. Our approach obeys the following three

Automated Fusion of Digital Elevation Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $119,876.00
Abstract:
There are a large variety of data sources used today in the generation of elevation information. However, each source has its own characteristics both in terms of its data quality and phenomenology, and also in terms of the CONOP under which the datacollection and exploitation were designed to be… More

Automated Fusion of Digital Elevation Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston, Senior Software Engineer
Award Amount: $729,889.00
Abstract:
There are a large variety of data sources used today in the generation of elevation information. However, each source has its own characteristics both in terms of its data quality and phenomenology, and also in terms of the CONOP under which the datacollection and exploitation were designed to be… More

An Autonomous Wireless Instrumentation Network for Antarctic Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Paul Bodnar
Award Amount: $99,977.00
RI Contact: Susan Lavan
Abstract:
In November 1998 a network of seismic stations was deployed by S. Anandakrishnan (now at Penn State) and others in West Antarctica. These autonomous stations returned state-of-health data via satellite, and stored high-volume instrument data for later retrieval. The satellite links demonstrated a… More

Imagery Automatic Extraction/Precision Placement of Cultural Features

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bob Wilson, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,863.00
Abstract:
We propose to design an automated cultural feature extraction and placement system by adding plug-in extensions to an existing COTS package like Imagine, or PCI Geomatica. This system will use sophisticated statistical quality assurance to iterativelyrefine feature detection and feature extraction.… More

Automatic Extrusion of Surface Features from Terrain Aerial/Satellite Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bob Wilson, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,840.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation proposes to address challenges related to providing terrain and 3D feature data using civilian space borne optical sensors. The initial intended use of these data sets is to support the Navy's growing need for high quality, detailed 3Dterrain and feature databases to support… More

Technology for Shipbuilding Affordability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Szabo, Manager Close Range Engin
Award Amount: $69,834.00
Abstract:
Vexcel Corporation in conjunction with Todd Pacific Shipyard Corporation, propose to develop a 3D measurement system similar in concept to the proven FotoGTM technology but based on a single digital video input stream rather than a set of varying viewpointdigital still images. Decrease field… More

Multi-Sensor Terrain Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Vexcel is proposing to develop algorithms for digital elevation model fusion that utilize sensor models, sensor characteristics, and auxiliary platform information to improve the quality of fused digital elevation models. We will utilize our existing,non-sensor-specific DEM fusion prototype as a… More

SAR Tomography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Dennis C. Ghiglia, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,769.00
Abstract:
The primary goal of the proposed research is to help advance the science and art of SAR tomography and, more generally, 3-D SAR imaging for downstream image exploitation. Vexcel Corporation proposes to delineate the current state-of-the-art in SARtomography for 3-D imaging and subsequent… More

An Autonomous Wireless Instrumentation Network for Antarctic Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Dennis Fatland, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,858.00
RI Contact: Sue Lavan
Abstract:
The innovation of this project is to bring the power and flexibility of a wireless computer network to harsh-environment fieldwork. By integrating a small computer with GPS and a multi-channel digitizer we have created a network node which is low cost, low power, adaptable to practically any… More

Technology for Shipbuilding Affordability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steve Soule, Senior Software Engineer
Award Amount: $449,789.00
Abstract:
Developing shape-from-video based software tools will enable US shipyards to create cost effective three-dimensional (3D) models of shipboard components (for engineering applications and/or virtual reality simulators) while ships are still in service ? significantly shortening overall repair cycle… More

Imagery Automatic Extraction/Precision Placement of Cultural Features

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wolfgang Walcher, Director Aerial Mapping P
Award Amount: $749,994.00
Abstract:
NAVAIR and other Department of Defense (DoD) entities have ongoing and increasing demand to create very large, highly detailed and accurate simulation databases for various applications including training and mission rehearsal (MR). Simulation databases are today created using manual and automation… More

Novel Polarimetric SAR Interferometry Algorithms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Tabb, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Polarimetric radar interferometry (PolInSAR) is a new SAR imaging mode that is rapidly becoming an important technique for bare earth topographic mapping, tree height estimation, and small-scale surface deformation monitoring in vegetated and snow covered regions. Vexcel has developed two processing… More

Software Tools for Modeling Urban Details

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason Szabo, Manager Close Range Engin
Award Amount: $729,889.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this work is to provide the Army with a superb software tool for the creation of 3D urban models. This software tool will be easy to use, accurate, and provides photo realistic results. This tool will be able to make use of a mixture of possible existing input data sources… More

Software Tools for Modeling Urban Details

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Wilson, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $119,650.00
Abstract:
Vexcel proposes to build an urban modeling system by combining the SketchUp 3D CAD tool with the photogrammetry based as-built modeling tool Foto-G. These tools represent the state of the art in both, intuitive 3D modeling user interface, and automation supported 3D feature extraction. The final… More

SAR Tomography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Richard Carande, VP Engineering / Program
Award Amount: $249,495.00
Abstract:
The development of tomographic SAR imaging is arguably the next big step in the evolution of imaging radar systems. The value of a successful volumetric imaging system to the US Government is clear. While successful demonstrations of volumetric imaging capabilities from various radar platforms… More

Bistatic Target and Clutter Characterization for ISR Radar Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jeffery D. Collins, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $98,927.00
Abstract:
Vexcel proposes to make measurements and perform analysis regarding monostatic-bistatic equivalence phenomenology using a unique data set that has not been considered in the past for this purpose. Almost simultaneously acquired bistatic and monostatic imagery along the bistatic bisector direction… More

Novel Polarimetric SAR Interferometry Algorithms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Tabb, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $597,440.00
Abstract:
Polarimetric SAR interferometry (PolInSAR) is a recently developed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging mode that combines the capabilities of radar polarimetry and interferometry, as well as adding new capability from a synthesis of the two techniques. PolInSAR holds the promise of being able to… More

Information Exploitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Ohm, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,589.00
Abstract:
Through this effort we will introduce a new unattended ground sensor design and architecture for measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT). The proposed architecture will integrate several of our existing technologies including; radar tags, ground sensors, SAR image processing and ground… More

Real-time Model Based Target Recognition System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Tabb, Senior research scientist
Award Amount: $79,954.00
Abstract:
Vexcel proposes to develop a model based automatic target recognition system capable of accurate, real-time recognition rates even in the presence of limited physical training data. Potential targets include any object for which accurate 3-D CAD models can be derived including, but not limited to:… More

Information Exploitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Don Coon, Director, Radar Programs
Award Amount: $730,224.00
Abstract:
Vexcel is developing a Measurement and Signals Intelligence (MASINT) system that can provide persistent surveillance over a selected geographic area. The system is an Unattended Ground System (UGS) that will be able to support a diverse variety of transducers (e.g. acoustic, seismic, magnetic,… More