Processor for Real-Time Atmospheric Compensation in Long-Range Imaging

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,973.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNK06OM14C
Award Id:
77515
Agency Tracking Number:
053114
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
071744143
Principal Investigator:
JamesDurbano
Principal Investigator
(302) 456-9003
durbano@emphotonics.com
Business Contact:
EricKelmelis
Business Official
(302) 456-9003
kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Range surveillance is a critical component of space exploration because of its implications on safety, cost, and overall mission timeline. However, launch delays, due to the difficulty of verifying a cleared range, are common and will increase as spaceports are developed in new areas. In order to expedite range clearance, it is vital to see "through" the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the quality of the images taken with long-range optical systems is severely degraded by atmospheric movements in the path between the region under observation and the imaging system. We therefore propose the use of custom hardware, specifically designed to compensate for atmospheric disturbances in long range imaging. Furthermore, we propose the use of a reconfigurable hardware platform, specifically field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), to reduce costs and development time, as well as increase flexibility and reusability. Alternative hardware platforms are not well suited for this particular application. Our unique approach would allow a single device, with the computational power of a computer cluster, to be used for not only atmospheric compensation, but also encrypted communications, audio and video encoding/decoding and transmission, neural network implementations, etc. The applications of such a technology are virtually limitless!

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