Multi-Sensor Terrain Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0124
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0707
Amount: $1,026,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: N03-174
Solitcitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
DBA, IAVO Research and Scientific 1010 Gloria Ave., Durham, NC, 27701
Duns: 059333349
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Heric
 (919) 688-8212
Business Contact
 Matthew Heric
Title: President
Phone: (919) 688-8212
Research Institution
The Navy is seeking improved capabilities to generate automatically elevation data products and have updatable and retrievable output via an automated advanced tactical terrain database system, supporting the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program. The envisioned end-to-end solution must be able to process, manage, and/or fuse a variety of inputs, and these include multi-source imagery as well as existing, new, and non-standard elevation data. Named OmniDEM, we propose the innovative research and development of this new system accordingly. Specifically, highly accurate and robust digital elevation matrices (DEMs) are required to generate reference maps for the Precision Terrain Aided Navigation system. Of prime importance herein are: - A capability to detect change from multiple coincident DEMs; - A capability to determine if additional imagery (e.g., tactical) or data (e.g., updated control) will improve DEM(s) created previously; - A capability to combine or “fuse” surfaces from multiple DEMs; - A method for registering and validating source data; and - Emphasis on leveraging and integrating existing capabilities from GOTS and COTS packages. DEMs are critical for missile navigation. In addition, the commercial and defense mapping marketplaces are demanding solutions of this type as well, which suggests an eventual commercial solution should do well.

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