FIREBALLS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$49,998.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
2456
Agency Tracking Number:
2456
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4040 S Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL, 35802
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PATRICIA L ATHA
(205) 883-1140
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT DEMONSTRATES AN EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR RESOLVING THE PROBLEM OF TRANSIENT BACKGROUND PHOTON NOISE (TEMPORIAL REDOUT VARIATIONS) CAUSED BY AN INTERMEDIATE ALTITUDE (40 TO125 KM) NUCLEAR FIREBALL WHICH AFFECTS THE FUNCTIONS OF BMD OPTICAL SENSORS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I STUDIES IS TO:1) DEVELOP A PERMANENT DATA BASE FROM DIGITIZED IMAGE EN- HANCE ORIGINAL TEST FILM IN WHICH TO DEMONSTRATE AN IMPROVEDCAPABILITY IN PERFORMANCE TWO-DIMENSIONAL SIGNAL PROCESSING BY OPTICAL SENSOR ALGORITHM, AND 2) DEVELOP POWER SPECTRAL DENSITY PROFILES. IN PHASE II: 1) THE EFFECTIVE METHOD WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED, 2) TWO-DIMENSIONAL SIGNAL PROCESSING CLUTTER MODELS WILL BE DEVELOPED AND FORMATTED FOR TESTING BY POTENTIAL USERS, AND 3) PROVIDE CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING THE IR SYSTEMS FUNCTIONS OF ACQUIRING, TRACKING, AND INTERCEPTING RV'S TO THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS EFFECT OF REDOUT. THE METHOD WILL BE TO EFFECTIVELY DIGITIZE THE APPROPRIATE EG&G TEST FILM OBTAINED FROM DNA. THE APPROACH USED IN PHASE I WILL BE A STANDARD IMAGE RESTORATION MODEL THA CAN FIND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DENSITY OF A PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE AND LIGHT INTENSITY DURING EXPOSURE TO ARRIVE AT THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF ENERGY, WHILE WORKING IN THE FREQUENCY DOMAIN, THAT PRODUCED THE VARIATIONS OF VISIBLE INTENSITY IN EACH PICTURE FRAME.

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