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Next-Generation, High-Accuracy Optical Tracker for Target Acquisition and Cueing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
63549
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
92SB2-0558
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASCENSION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
107 CATAMOUNT DRIVE MILTON, VT 05468
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Next-Generation, High-Accuracy Optical Tracker for Target Acquisition and Cueing
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q04CR011
Award Amount: $872,208.00
 

Abstract:

Ascension Technology proposes to develop a fast, six degrees-of-freedom tracker, phasorBIRD, immune to cockpit and helmet scatterers of magnetic/electrical field energy. It will integrate seamlessly with helmet-mounted displays in tactical aircraft,tracked ground vehicles, and combat air operations centers (CAOCs). Design features will enable it to exceed static accuracy and repeatability of the best magnetic trackers while eliminating the need for elaborate alignment and mapping hardware thatsignificantly impacts logistical costs. Development will be based on a research model now returning accuracy of 0.2 mm/0.2¿ RMS. In this project, we will develop a stand-alone system with miniaturized cameras as well as demonstrate feasibility for sunlightoperation and compatibility with NVG systems. We will first develop and test small, operational camera prototypes and second demonstrate that emitter modules can be made compatible with operational scenarios by testing performance in the pressurized cabinof a small aircraft and in a tracked vehicle. Once fully developed, the tracker will overcome performance and applicability limits caused by bulky, obstructive emitters and lens-based cameras that interfere with human motion, cockpit layout, andingress/egress. The military will benefit in that the technology can be evolved to high volume commercial (3D interaction with real-time visualization systems, simulators, procedural trainers, VR gaming etc) as well as helmet-display applications thusamortizing manufacturing costs over large volumes for increased affordability and lowering life-cycle costs.

Principal Investigator:

Don Odell
Senior Design Engineer -
8028936657
dodell@ascension-tech.com

Business Contact:

Jack Scully
VP New Business Developme
8028936657
jscully@ascension-tech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASCENSION TECHNOLOGY CORP.
P.O. Box 527 Burlington, VT 05402

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