Elevation Data Generation using UAV Imagery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-02-M-0253
Agency Tracking Number: N02-077-10
Amount: $69,860.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
International Association Of Virtual Org., Inc.
DBA, IAVO Research and Scienti, 1010 Gloria Ave., Durham, NC, 27701
Duns: 059333349
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Heric
 President
 (919) 688-8212
 mheric@iavo.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Heric
Title: President
Phone: (919) 688-8212
Email: mheric@iavo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The US Navy is seeking improved capabilities to generate automatically digital elevation models (DEMs) from digital stereoscopic imagery in support of targeting and navigation. Currently, DEMs are derived primarily from orbiting systems, yet these sourceshave historically not provided the spatial resolutions needed for extremely high resolution and accurate DEMs. The goal is to develop a feasibility concept to utilize imagery from unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) to supplement orbital imagery, and thatthe combined synergistic results will lead to DEMs having higher accuracy.Specifically, methods for generating and propagating DEMs are required with the objectives of:- Combining the strengths of multiple imagery sources to improve output accuracy;- Providing elevation information requiring little or no interactive editing;- Generating elevation data to support Navy weapons delivery programs; and- Meeting future targeting accuracies through results consistent with Navy requirements. A number of opportunities for an improved DEM solution exist in the marketplace. The most promising involves providing solutions to commercial satellite systems vendors and their value-added resellers and product generation partners for sale and resale.Also, remote sensing/GIS vendors should be receptive to reselling a solution as an add-on or replacement of their existing capabilities. Lastly, DoD, intelligence, and defense mapping agencies worldwide are

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