Hyperpixel Array Imager for Contact Identification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,971.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-09-M-0111
Award Id:
92509
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-055-1646
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 81386, Wellesley, MA, 02481
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883404931
Principal Investigator:
James Daly
Principal Investigator
(617) 795-1968
jdaly@bodkindesign.com
Business Contact:
W. Bodkin
Principal Investigator
(617) 795-1968
wab@bodkindesign.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy is seeking hyperspectral imaging (HSI) systems to integrate with Type 18 periscopes and/or newer Photonics Masts in order to perform contact recognition, identification and classification. Hyperspectral technology offers potential performance enhancement to attain additional target information and discrimination as well as possibly attain better penetration through adverse weather. Surface craft exhibit anomalous signatures compared to both water and sky horizon backgrounds in NIR/SWIR spectral bands making autonomous detection from the ocean surface feasible. Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC (Newton, MA) and Space Computer Corporation (Los Angeles, CA) will collaborate to develop a versatile hyperspectral imaging system for visible to short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) wavelengths. Specifically, we propose to combine BD&E's proprietary HyperPixel, Array (HPA,) imager and SCC's proprietary hyperspectral image processing capabilities to design and build a system which will automatically identify contacts, associate a hyperspectral 'tag' with each contact so that it may be tracked or recognized and re-acquired at a later time, and classify each contact according to type. The system will operate over the wavelength range 400-1700 nm. The phase 1 program will be a specification development and systems design effort leading to a prototype design which will be built and tested in phase 2.

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