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GBOTS: Ground-Based Optical Tracking in Stereo

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-20-C-0525
Agency Tracking Number: F182-037-1097
Amount: $1,874,736.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-037
Solicitation Number: 18.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-14
Small Business Information
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Fort Collins, CO 80528
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joshua Horwood
 Senior Research Scientist
 (970) 227-9518
Business Contact
 Jeff Poore
Phone: (970) 207-2211
Research Institution

This Phase II SBIR effort supports the development, maturation, and transition of Numerica's Ground-Based Optical Tracking in Stereo (GBOTS) technology that exploits stereoscopic viewing conditions in order to provide more timely and actionable information to the warfighter. The specific objectives are the following: (i) mature and transition the rapid stereo initial orbit determination component of GBOTS to the 18th Space Control Squadron to improve uncorrelated track and attention list processing; (ii) mature the photometric change detection component of GBOTS to enable the fusion of multi-sensor stereo visual magnitude information to increase detection sensitivity and reduce false alarms; (iii) extend the Numerica Telescope Network (NTN) third-party on-demand tasking service to support stereo tracking and multi-spectral data collection requests; (iv) conduct experiments using the GBOTS software and the NTN to demonstrate use cases in precision ephemeris generation and to quantify the benefit of stereo viewing; (v) build and deliver a database of multi-spectral stereo photometric observations using NTN assets to support R&D in Government-sponsored space object identification for satellites in and near geosynchronous Earth orbit; and (vi) perform a field trial of the third-party on-demand stereo tracking and multi-spectral data collection services with Government authorized users.

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