Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: B073-013-0528
Amount: $999,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA07-013
Solitcitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
EM Photonics, Incorporated
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
 Project Manager
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: CEO
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
MDA is currently developing advanced interceptor technology for its BMDS. High-quality imagery 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, they require (1) power-hungry CMOS arrays (or FPAs) and (2) large-aperture optics, which are heavy, expensive and are not compatible with the aerodynamic profile of high-speed interceptors. Fortunately, signal processing methods have been developed that produce high-resolution images using low-resolution equipment. This family of algorithms is known 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 for realistic applications. In the Phase I portion of this project, we demonstrated a prototype device showing accelerated processing with advanced super-resolution techniques. In Phase II, we propose extending the functionality of this prototype and modifying its form factor to integrate with current and future missile interceptors. This same technology will also benefit target tracking and kill assessment from ground, sea, and air-based assets.

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