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An Innovative Accurate Predictive 3D Terrain Modeling

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
American GNC Corporation
888 Easy Street Simi Valley, CA 93065-1812
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: An Innovative Accurate Predictive 3D Terrain Modeling
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-6796
Award Amount: $99,975.00


The U.S. Air Force is looking for innovative technologies providing an autonomous helicopter sensor-display system for brown-out landing conditions. In response AGNC proposes to develop and document an innovative Accurate Predictive 3D Terrain Modeling (AP-3DTM) system and software toolsets. The AP-3DTM is based on: 1) on-the-fly 3D model generation deploying stereo-cameras with accuracy estimation and quality assurance; 2) modeling the helicopter position geospatial refinement based on AGNC's coremicro AHRS/GPS/INS Integration Unit sensors measurements; 3) AGNC's robust Kalman-Filter based helicopter position prediction; 3) optimal model visualization on 3D autostereoscopic or pilot-helmet display. Hazards detection is a concern for which AGNC provides an automated pattern recognition solution. The slope of the landing terrain is also computed to aid the pilot in the execution of a safe landing. The AP-3DTM solution, proposed by AGNC, comprises the following major innovations: a) use for the first time of the theory of stereo-perspective for 3D landing models generation in real-time from non-calibrated passive imaging; b) unique landing prediction multi-sensor architecture based on AGNC's robust Kalman filter. The Phase I research will result in identification and feasibility verification of the AP-3DTM's most challenging components. Phase II will culminate in a fully functional working prototype.

Principal Investigator:

Ching-Fang Lin

Business Contact:

Corinne Munoz
Director of Contracts
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888 Easy Street Simi Valley, CA 93065

EIN/Tax ID: 911320359
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No