Elevation Data Generation using UAV Imagery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,833.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-04-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number:
N02-077-10
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
N02-077
Solicitation Number:
2002.1
Small Business Information
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF VIRTUAL ORG
DBA, IAVO Research and Scientific 1010 Gloria Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
059333349
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Heric
President
(919) 688-8212
mheric@iavo.com
Business Contact:
Matthew Heric
President
(919) 688-8212
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 sources have 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 that the 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.

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