Automated Mulitple Object Optical Tracking and Recognition System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,928.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNK04OA21C
Agency Tracking Number:
035597
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
F3.03
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OPTRA Inc
461 Boston St, Topsfield, MA, 01983-1290
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
038336723
Principal Investigator
 Michael Hercher
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 887-6600
 MHERCHER@OPTRA.COM
Business Contact
 James Engel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 887-6600
Email: jengel@optra.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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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