Three-Dimensional (3-D) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Image Formation and Exploitation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-1341
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-068-1287
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF073-068
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Small Business Information
SCIENTIFIC SYSTEMS CO., INC.
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator:
Carl Frost
Principal Investigator
(781) 933-5355
cfrost@ssci.com
Business Contact:
Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
(781) 933-5355
jmiselis@ssci.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Our main objective is to develop, implement and test novel level-set surface reconstruction methodologies as applied to SAR data that has been collected over a sparse 3D aperture. We believe a tomographic surface reconstruction can best exploit nonlinear models and sparse data collection geometries: These configurations are not readily amenable to more traditional Fourier-based or filtered back-projection (FBP) reconstruction methods. Phase I of this effort will comprise a proof-of-concept stage during which both the radar signal processing, imaging algorithms and hardware implementation concerns will be addressed directly. We will demonstrate a functionality that will effect 3D imaging using existing, albeit augmented, techniques, as well as new capabilities that will effect 3D surface reconstruction via novel level-set techniques. Throughout we will emphasize the development of a solution methodology that is aligned with the end-to-end goal of obtaining a fieldable and modular set of integrable components. Phase II will concentrate on the further development, larger-scale implementation, testing and performance analysis of the techniques developed under Phase I. This includes integration and testing in a lab setting of a modular prototype system using the components developed in Phase I.

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