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Advanced 3D Software Platform for OSAM Proximity Operations Including Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-22-C-0152
Agency Tracking Number: FX21S-TCSO1-0195
Amount: $249,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF21S-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.S
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-13
Small Business Information
7012 Sycamore Lane SBC Control ID:SBC_000699003
Easton, MD 21601-1111
United States
DUNS: 079693340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Scott Ackerson
 (484) 888-2379
Business Contact
 Brandon Turley
Phone: (443) 278-5037
Research Institution
 University of Southern California – Information Sciences Institute
 David Barnhart
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 1001
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6611
United States

 (310) 448-8644
 Nonprofit College or University

The core deliverable associated with this Phase I STTR is a final feasbility report that thoroughly evaluates the proposed use case. This report validates Quidient’s use case to adapt the Quidient Reality® Generalized Scene Reconstruction (GSR) software platform (the Platform) and develop a ‘light-weight’ 3D Scanning Application (the App). The App will generate and use highly-accurate 3D+ reconstructions (digital twins) of orbital objects (e.g., satellites, space debris) for proximity operations, inspection, sensing, characterization, and planning for capture and/or repair. The GSR Platform utilizes cutting edge innovations in 3D+ scene reconstruction (3D+ = 3D geometry + 2D light flow) to create photorealistic digital models (including geometry and materiality of orbital objects. Other technologies (e.g., LiDAR, Structured Light) struggle or completely fail to reconstruct such objects because such technologies cannot meet the requirements for 3D scene reconstruction. Quidient’s robust and highly accurate 3D+ reconstructions will significantly help improve the performance and accuracy of the inspection systems to identify, categorize, assess, and record damage to known and unknown orbital objects (including debris). This new and enhanced visual data source will be used in support of current approved On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) operations.

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