Automated Pixel Geo-Registration for Precise Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1393
Agency Tracking Number: F081-070-1006
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-070
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
CARR ASTRONAUTICS CORP.
1725 I St. NW STE 300, Washington, DC, 20006
DUNS: 806619685
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Carr
 President & Executive Scientist
 (202) 466-4712
 jcarr@carrastro.com
Business Contact
 James Carr
Title: President & Executive Scientist
Phone: (202) 466-4712
Email: jcarr@carrastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We study the problem of sensor calibration as it might be applied to a tactical UAV system where operability and robustness are paramount. A large number of airframes and diversity of sensor types argues for an approach that is low cost (exploiting calibration targets in the field) and applicable for various sensors. The study considers various approaches to sensor calibration and measurements enabling such calibrations with the objective of not sacrificing accuracy even when only limited prior knowledge about the sensor is provided to the calibration algorithm. Calibration approaches are verified by computer simulation and the limits on accuracy for individual measurements are established using flight data from SPIRITT (or NRL or simulated scenes). A baseline calibration approach is recommended and an implementation is developed that can be carried forward into Phase II.

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