Passive Ground Moving Target Indication for Gunship Aircraft Using Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAV-PGMTI)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-1885
Agency Tracking Number: F051-216-2469
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-216
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
DUNS: 044329761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Chaplin
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 431-1644
 mchaplin@dramail.com
Business Contact
 Ray Trimmer
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (937) 431-1644
Email: rtrimmer@dramail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Video sensors play an increasingly important role in surveillance and reconnaissance missions, including tactical, strategic and domestic border security. One recent example involved video from a Predator Skyball being sent via data link to an AC-130 Gunship crew for real time targeting use. The data went through D/A conversion, transmission and A/D conversion, which caused significant information loss. Consequently, the crew's ability to find small terrorist vehicles in mountains was significantly reduced. A better approach is to process the video data at the sensor. Computers at the sensors can detect and track small moving objects, which are then called to the attention of human operators to make informed decisions about whether or not to engage. The operational impacts are shorter engagement timelines and reduced crew risk from ground fire.

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