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Persistent Wide Field Space Surveillance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-16-C-0406
Agency Tracking Number: F141-016-0745
Amount: $2,249,959.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-016
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-19
Small Business Information
PO Box 9334
Albuquerque, NM 87119
United States
DUNS: 176086952
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Klosterman
 (505) 244-1222
 john.klosterman@tautechnologies.com
Business Contact
 J. Kelly
Phone: (505) 244-1222
Email: jj.kelly@tautechnologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

ABSTRACT: This Phase II effort will design and integrate a prototype system, demonstrating the WFOV surveillance system performance predictions developed in Phase I. A scalable, multi camera control/image processing software package will be integrated with a camera array. The system will detect and characterize space objects by exploiting an multi-aperture approach detailed and verified in Phase I. The Phase II system demonstrates a space surveillance approach that eliminates complex gimbal pointing system requirements, and is easily transported to any location. The scalable system design allows the limiting detection magnitude to be increased, and is highly scalable to increase the area searched in a given time. The system cost goal is less than $1M for building production systems that are easily installed at Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sites. Astrometric information will be derived from the system's passively collected data, and resulting orbit determination data will be handed to large aperture SSN fixed sites for further investigation and characterization.; BENEFIT: The applications for commercial opportunity for wide field of view object detection systems are collision avoidance and health monitoring for commercial owned and operated satellites. The development of a wide field of view object detection system from this project opens the door for faster cost effective and simpler object detection systems. Wide field of view object detection systems will cue dedicated astronomical telescopes once an object is detected for higher resolution imagery. Wide field of view object detection systems developed by Tau are portable, self-contained, and weather proof. The systems will be located in any desirable location that has communication access using machine to machine (M2M) technology such as accessing internet via wireless communications.

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