Advanced, Integrated Multi-Sensor System for Space Situation Awareness (AIMS for SSA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,970.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-04-M-0101
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-022-2827
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-022
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
METROLASER, INC.
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188465819
Principal Investigator:
James Trolinger
V.P., Director of Research
(949) 553-0688
jtrolinger@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact:
Cecil Hess
President
(949) 553-0688
chess@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This is a Phase I SBIR proposal to develop an advanced, integrated multi-sensor system for application in space situation awareness. The proposed system integrates laser tracking technology with advanced/emerging visible imaging and infrared search and track and radar technologies to produce an integrated multi-sensor system for space object detection, tracking, characterization, discrimination and event detection. Radio frequency radar can provide the initial state vector and cueing information, which is further enhanced with other sensor information as it becomes available. Because this system will use active imaging technology, it can operate in both day and night and for "dark pass" tracking of satellites through the Earth's shadow. Additionally, active illumination provides a means for optical signal gating, which can greatly enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in an acquired image. The system will also operate with several different illumination wavelengths simultaneously to acquire high-quality multi-spectral images of space objects, including data that can be strongly diagnostic of the composition of target objects and aiding in identifying them. The resulting ability to improve the diagnostic quality of such images by exploiting the entire data set will greatly enhance the capabilities of present imaging systems.

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