Radar Centroid Processing Algorithm with Tracker Feedback

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0361
Agency Tracking Number: N052-118-0325
Amount: $79,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-118
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
NUMERICA CORP.
PO Box 271246, Ft. Collins, CO, 80527
DUNS: 956324362
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Slocumb
 Senior Research Scientist
 (970) 419-8343
 bjslocumb@numerica.us
Business Contact
 Jeff Poore
Title: Vice President / COO
Phone: (970) 419-8343
Email: jbpoore@numerica.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In surveillance platforms such as the E-2C and upcoming E-2D, it is essential that the Airborne Early Warning (AEW) radar provide a complete track picture of the surveillance region. To maintain continuous tracks throughout the surveillance region, the radar sensor must be able to produce measurements on all targets. Problems occur when there are closely spaced objects (CSOs). Here, the radar signal processor can combine the returns from the targets to produce a single merged measurement. The objective in the proposed research is to develop a new surveillance radar centroid processing algorithm that has an extended merged measurement capability. The algorithm will "parse" the raw range-bearing cell measurements such that object measurements for each target can be generated. The use of tracker feedback enables the processing algorithm to specify the expected number of objects within the combined cluster of measurement primitives. The work will leverage Numerica's prior experience in radar centroid processing and pixel-cluster decomposition research.

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