Multi-Spectral Countermeasure and Debris Identification and Mitigation Algorithm Suite

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,551.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7413
Award Id:
97015
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-028-0116
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-028
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20532 El Toro Rd Ste 303, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
825470987
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Hendrix
Chief Scientist
(949) 716-4290
hendrix@exoanalytic.com
Business Contact:
Holly Bertrand
Chief Operating Officer
(949) 716-4290
bertrand@exoanalytic.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Objects tracked by optical sensors in ascent phase and midcourse are frequently obscured on the focal plane by countermeasures and debris (or clutter) that affect the performance of discrimination and tracking algorithms. Ascent phase can be especially challenging due to the presence of fuel fragments and constraints due to a short timeline and closely spaced objects (CSO) on the focal plane. Problems include missed detections, false alarms, corrupted signatures and masking of pixels that contain lethal objects. ExoAnalytic Solutions possesses a body of tools that have been used to demonstrate that, when unmitigated, clutter could negatively impact the performance of the BMDS system. The proposed effort will be to develop a focal plane clutter identification and mitigation algorithm suite. The suite uses multiple band focal plane data to identify regions of interest that contain clutter via characterization of the surface material properties found on the focal plane. Once identified, regions are processed by generating image maps that are manipulated to reject "hot" clutter thereby enhancing signatures of relatively "cool" targets of interest. This work will extend efforts previously completed by the authors in the areas of CSO and clutter mitigation in support of ascent phase intercept.

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