Automated Mulitple Object Optical Tracking and Recognition System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK04OA21C
Agency Tracking Number: 035597
Amount: $69,928.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: F3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
461 Boston St, Topsfield, MA, 01983-1290
DUNS: 038336723
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Hercher
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 887-6600
Business Contact
 James Engel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 887-6600
Research Institution
OPTRA proposes to develop an optical tracking system that is capable of recognizing and tracking up to 50 different objects within an approximately 2 degree x 3 degree field of view. The system output will be 3-dimensional trajectories for each of the objects. The primary function of the system is to monitor the first 2 minutes of a space vehicle launch; following any catastrophic event at launch this system will provide a wealth of detailed information that can be used both in real time, and in subsequent accident analyses. The proposed system consists of three high-resolution digital cameras with telephoto lenses mounted on GPS-equipped servo-controlled ALT/AZ platforms. The system hardware will consist largely of commercially available off-the-shelf components, resulting in proven performance, high reliability, and low cost. A key element in the proposed effort will be the development of robust target identification and tracking algorithms, as well as the algorithms needed to convert the 3 separate 2D trajectory sets to a single 3D trajectory set

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