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3-D Tracking and Aimpoint Maintenance (3-D TrAM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-19-P-0661
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-005-0150
Amount: $149,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T005
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-20
Small Business Information
4900 Lang Avenue NE, Suite 100 Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason Schmidt
 Senior Scientist
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert W. Praus II
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 Dr. James R. Fienup Dr. James R. Fienup
Institute of Optics, Wilmot 410 275 Hutchison Rd
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

 (585) 275-8009
 Nonprofit College or University

Target tracking and aimpoint maintenance are critical functions within a laser directed energy system. Traditionally, the optical sensor is a conventional camera viewing an actively illuminated target. In the absence of turbulence, it is still difficult to point the laser weapon to a specific hit spot when there are no features in the required direction. Further, atmospheric turbulence scintillates the active target illumination and blurs the reflected light, thereby confounding the problem even more. During the engagement, the target can change its pose relative to the field of view. These effects present enormous challenges to keeping the laser pointed steadily without drifting. On the other hand, 3-D imagery seems possible with recent advances in technology, and it would provide richer data for overcoming these problems. MZA proposes to develop a 3-D imaging concept for laser directed energy systems and conduct a parametric study of its performance in relevant engagements. This will result in an optimized design for the 3-D sensor that can be used for target tracking and aimpoint maintenance in the presence of target pose changes.

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