Direct Measurement of Targeting Coordinates from Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) EO/IR Gimbal Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-1005
Agency Tracking Number: F171-120-0961
Amount: $749,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-120
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-10-30
Small Business Information
101 1/2 Oak St, Hood River, OR, 97031
DUNS: 048781646
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leo Wilson
 (509) 281-3332
Business Contact
 Rob Gilchrist
Phone: (509) 281-3332
Research Institution
Trillium proposes both hardware and software developments in the Phase II effort to further refine geolocation improvements found in Phase I and design a robust gimbal product that has future expandability. Trillium prototyped and flight tested a number of software algorithms in Phase 1 that can be extrapolated to show CAT-1 geolocation accuracy from a range of 2000ft. However, these were accomplished using 3 separate video processors which incurred both latency and inefficiency. Therefore, Trillium proposes moving to a new video processor that can replace the current hardware setup and provide a substantial increase in processing capability. With a higher power video processor available, Trillium then plans to develop key software algorithms to increase geolocation accuracy further including target tracking in earth-based coordinates, a moving target localization filter, and a nonlinear Kalman filter. Furthermore, the benefits of an onboard laser rangefinder and a higher accuracy GPS will be explored. Finally, extensive flight testing that mimics CAT-1 certification testing will be executed to verify functionality and prepare for eventual certification.

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