Advanced, Low Cost, Integrated Avionics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$650,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-06-C-7334
Award Id:
74648
Agency Tracking Number:
044-1350
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
Michele Banish
COO
(256) 562-0087
michele@PolarisSensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
President
(256) 562-0087
david@PolarisSensor.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The deliverable for this effort will be a coded algorithm to run on LMSSCs SPAR-16X processor that is targeted for the prime contractor's architecture for mid-term THAAD. The algorithms generated herein offer an opportunity to eliminate or reduce transformations and frame sums in the THAAD image-processing pipeline. This Phase II effort will impact seeker sensitivity in a place where image-processing algorithms are weak - the preprocessor. This is the most cost effective and lowest risk location within the optoelectronic system to make alterations improving overall system performance. The sensitivity gain is accomplished by a neural network operating on low SNR data. Operating in the SNR range of 2 may increase seeker acquisition range as much as 70%. This technology complements other efforts that stem the flood of unwanted data and regain lost bandwidth and leverages IRAD projects at Lockheed Missiles and Systems Company to address electro-optic challenges presented by the THAAD project. Previously developed neural network (NN) algorithms will be tested on low SNR single frame THAAD data at or near readout. The SBIR deliverable will be ready for integration on flight hardware. A Polaris developed processor testbed will be delivered to support demonstrations and MDA applications.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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