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Multispectral/Hyperspectral Imaging System for Small Boat Detection under Wake Clusters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0479
Agency Tracking Number: N181-023-0815
Amount: $124,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-023
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-03
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square Suite 320
Huntsville, AL 35801
United States
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Larry Pezzaniti Dr. Larry Pezzaniti
 Chief Technology Officer
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution

Detection, classification/recognition, and tracking surface vessels on water is very challenging for many reasons. Haze, marine layer, and/or other particulates can attenuate signal and create path background radiance, all of which reduce the contrast of the target against the background. The intensity and spatial frequencies of the background often mimic the surface vessel making acquisition and tracking of the target difficult. As stated in the solicitation, water wakes from fast moving boats such as the Fast Attack Craft (FAC) can produce wakes that have similar signatures or partially obscure the target.     Polaris Sensor Technology proposes to design in Phase I and develop in Phase II a Visible/NIR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR imaging polarimeter with 15 to 3 degree zoom capability. Polarization has been shown to increase contrast and reject background noise in multiple wavebands. Polaris will combine multi-spectral sensing, polarimetry and advanced image processing algorithms to develop robust acquisition, tracking, and classification capability in a single sensor.

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