Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: B073-013-0528
Amount: $99,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-013
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
EM PHOTONICS, INC.
51 East Main Street, Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fernando Ortiz
 Program Manager
 (302) 456-9003
 ortiz@emphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: CEO
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MDA is currently developing advanced interceptors for its BMDS. Imaging technology is crucial to this effort for several purposes, including navigation, false-alarm/decoy identification, and estimation of position and speed of potential targets. Although high-resolution imaging systems are readily available, these require (1) power-hungry CMOS arrays (or FPAs) and (2) large-aperture optics, which are heavy, expensive and may not be compatible with the aerodynamic profile of high-speed interceptors. Fortunately, signal processing methods have been developed that enable high-resolution image-capture using low-resolution equipment exclusively, a family of algorithms know as super-resolution. Although super-resolution algorithms have been studied extensively by the research community, their implementation and deployment have been limited due to high computational cost and the inability to work in real-time in realistic applications. We propose the acceleration of super resolution routines using readily available hardware; in particular, an FPGA platform will be utilized given its compatibility with the power/size/cost requirements of missile interceptors.

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