ACTIVE DETECTION AND TRACKING SENSOR FOR PASSIVE TARGETS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11944
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Computer Algorithm Development
2806 A Nueces, Austin, TX, 78705
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard E. Shultz
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 474-6511
Business Contact
 RONALD VANBEEK
Title: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Phone: (512) 474-6511
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CAD PROPOSES TO DO MODEL BASED COMPUTER VISION RESEARCH CULMINATING IN FASTER AND MORE CAPABLE PROGRAMS. CAD WILL DEMONSTRATE A SUPERIOR ACTIVE DETECTION AND TRACTING SENSOR (ADTS) BY COMBINING ITS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) SOFTWARE WITH A MICROCOMPUTER, VIDEO CAMERA, AND IMAGE DIGITIZING ELECTRONICS. THE ADTS WILL HAVE SUPERIOR CAPABILITY BECAUSE OF A NOVEL OBJECT RECOGNITION ALGORITHM BEING DEVELOPED BY CAD FOR THE USAF. WITH A PASSIVE MARKER (HIGH CONSTRAST SYMBOL OR TARGET) AFFIXED TO AN OBJECT (SPECIMEN CARRIER OR MODULE) THE ADTS WILL BE ABLE TO DETECTAND TRACK THE OBJECT IN 3D ATTITUDE AND POSITION IN REAL TIME. THE PROPOSED ADTS WILL BE INNOVATIVE BECAUSE OF ITS TOLERANCE OF CLUTTER IN THE IMAGE AND BECAUSE OF ITS SPEED. PROJECT OBJECTIVES SHALL BE TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS THAT CAN DETECT EDGES, LINES AND TARGETS IN REAL TIME ON A MICROCOMPUTER. DURING THE PROPOSED EFFORT CAD'S THREE ENGINEER/PROGRAMMERS SHALL DEVELOP AI/COMPUTER VISION ALGORITHMS AND CODE FOR DETECTION PROGRAMS USING TWO MACINTOSH II COMPUTERS. APPLICATIONS FOR THE ADTS INCLUDE TERMINAL GUIDANCE OF A TELEROBOT FOR GRASPING OR BERTHING ANY OBJECT TO WHICH A MARKER/TARGET IS ATTACHED. THE ADTS COULD ALSO GUIDE THE ORBITAL MANUVERING VEHICLE DURING AN AUTONOMOUS DOCKING.

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