Advanced, Low Cost, Integrated Avionics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1350
Amount: $94,610.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-116
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
5710 Jones Valley Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michele Banish
 (256) 824-6547
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 824-6548
Research Institution
An avionics architecture that eliminates false targets, null signals, and noise at the ROIC is proposed. Smart ROICs mask data from being read-out which is critical for larger and multi-color FPAs that flood the processing pipeline with data of no interest. The proposed approach tasks the four MIPS CPUs with feature extraction computations for discrimination. The approach leverages algorithms developed for medicine and military programs and utilizes the THAAD computer's flexible FPGAs. The technology dramatically lowers false alarm rates and lower cost while buying back bandwidth and processing time for aimpoint selection improvements. Phase I experiments with HWIL data will identify the processing steps for the ROIC as separate from those in the FPGAs. LMSSC collaboration offers internal research and development resources, direct THAAD system comparisons and an implementation path. In Phase II, an FPA manufacturer will help implement the ROIC advancement and the collaboration with LMSSC will continue to address the on-board data feature extraction, an expert system to support fusion for THAAD. Polaris Sensor Technologies is collaborating with commercial FPA manufacturers to port this technology into commercial systems. In Phase II a truly smart focal plane array will be developed, pushing the processing into the sensing plane.

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