RESEARCH ON IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,990.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
16980
Agency Tracking Number:
16980
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4516 Henry St #403, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL FOCUS ON THE DESIGN AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECTRO-IMAGER THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED AND TESTED UNDER PHASE II. PROCESSING OF MULTISPECTRAL IMAGE INFORMATION WILL BE PERFORMED IN A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PARALLEL ASYNCHRONOUS MODE BY THE SPECTRO-IMAGER. TO ACQUIRE AND PROCESS THE SPECTRAL INFORMATION FLOWING TO EACH PIXEL IN PARALLEL, A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL STRATAGEM WILL BE REQUIRED;THE APPROACH WILL USE RATHER SIMPLE NEURON-LIKE TRANSIENT SENSING CIRCUITS COUPLED TO EACH PIXEL. THESE CIRCUITS WILL BE OPTIMIZED TO RESPOND AT THE FREQUENCY OF A CHOPPER IN THE OPTICAL PORTION OF THE SYSTEM. A COMPUTER-CONTROLLED, CIRCULAR, VARIABLE FILTER WILL ALSO BE LOCATED IN THE OPTICAL PORTION OF THE SYSTEM, TO PERMIT THE ACQUISITION OF SPECTRAL INFORMATION FROM MULTISPECTRAL, FOCAL PLANE SENSORS. THE SPECTRAL RESOLUTION WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR GEOCHEMICAL IMAGING, PLANETARY EXPLORATION, AND OTHER IMAGING APPLICATIONS. SUCH APPLICATIONS WILL BE EXPLORED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT WORK. THIS PROJECT WILL FOCUS ON THE DESIGN AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECTRO-IMAGER THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED AND TESTED UNDER PHASE II. PROCESSING OF MULTISPECTRAL IMAGE INFORMATION WILL BE PERFORMED IN A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PARALLEL ASYNCHRONOUS MODE BY THE SPECTRO-IMAGER. TO ACQUIRE AND PROCESS THE SPECTRAL INFORMATION FLOWING TO EACH PIXEL IN PARALLEL, A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL STRATAGEM WILL BE REQUIRED;THE APPROACH WILL USE RATHER SIMPLE NEURON-LIKE TRANSIENT SENSING CIRCUITS COUPLED TO EACH PIXEL. THESE CIRCUITS WILL BE OPTIMIZED TO RESPOND AT THE FREQUENCY OF A CHOPPER IN THE OPTICAL PORTION OF THE SYSTEM. A COMPUTER-CONTROLLED, CIRCULAR, VARIABLE FILTER WILL ALSO BE LOCATED IN THE OPTICAL PORTION OF THE SYSTEM, TO PERMIT THE ACQUISITION OF SPECTRAL INFORMATION FROM MULTISPECTRAL, FOCAL PLANE SENSORS. THE SPECTRAL RESOLUTION WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR GEOCHEMICAL IMAGING, PLANETARY EXPLORATION, AND OTHER IMAGING APPLICATIONS. SUCH APPLICATIONS WILL BE EXPLORED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT WORK.

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