Automated Battle Damage Indication from Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R207
Agency Tracking Number: 00SB2-0138
Amount: $514,578.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Vexcel Corp.
4909 Nautilus Court, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 147280127
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Carande
 VP Engineering
 (303) 583-0220
 carande@vexcel.com
Business Contact
 Paul Bodnar
Title: VP Finance
Phone: (303) 583-0225
Email: rozmiare@vexcel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Vexcel Corporation proposes to develop unique battle damage assessment (BDA) algorithms based on radar signatures produced by high-resolution synthetic aperture radar systems. Our approach takes advantage of telltale delayed response in the SAR dataproduced by radar energy that enters damage holes in recently fired-upon objects. Our phase I work has provided us a theoretical understanding of these responses and demonstrated that they are present in real data at detectable levels. For Phase II wewill develop algorithms that improve the contrast of the delayed responses with respect to the background clutter and improve detection performance. Furthermore, we intend to develop a concept of operations (CONOPS) for using such techniques in currentlyfielded aircraft and radar systems. Delayed responses may prove to be one of the most important BDA features because they can only be produced by an actual entry or exit hole in the target. This contrast with other more indirect features that might yieldambiguous results in the event of near-hit explosions. As far as we know, our detection approach is unique among the approaches being pursued by researches working to solve this challenge, however, we anticipate that our results will combinesynergistically with other proposed approaches.

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