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Neuromorphic Sensor for Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-22-C-7606
Agency Tracking Number: B2-3145
Amount: $1,471,342.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA20-T003
Solicitation Number: 20.C
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-06-29
Small Business Information
PO Box 9334
Albuquerque, NM 87119-1111
United States
DUNS: 176086952
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Leslie
 (505) 244-1222
Business Contact
 Bob Kim
Phone: (505) 244-1222
Research Institution
 Battelle Memorial Institute
 Jared Schuetter
505 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201-2696
United States

 (614) 424-7123
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Proposal seeks to build and test a Persistent wide field-of-view (FOV) infrared (IR) camera array for detecting and tracking dim objects. The optical design is based on the successful Tau PANDORA (visible) array systems, now in use for tracking low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. In Phase I, propose to collect daytime shortwave IR (SWIR) imagery on satellites with a single camera. Analyzed this data to demonstrate quantitatively the successful use of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to identify satellites distinct from the clutter. Tau proposes to construct a prototype sensor array to demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing Neuromorphic Machine Learning (NML). The primary research in Phase II will be directed towards developing an effective training algorithm of Spiking Neural Networks (SNN), an advanced Neuromorphic network, while we continue on present path by improving the Generation II Neural Networks previously investigated. Approved for Public Release | 22-MDA-11215 (27 Jul 22)

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