Multi-Sensor Terrain Fusion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,628.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-04-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0707
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF VIRTUAL ORG., INC.
1010 Gloria Ave., Durham, NC, 27701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
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 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 - Heavy 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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