Multi-Sensor Terrain Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-04-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0227
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
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
 Carolyn Johnston
 Senior Research Engineer
 (303) 583-0273
 Carolyn.Johnston@vexcel.com
Business Contact
 Paul Bodnar
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (303) 583-0225
Email: Paul.Bodnar@vexcel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Vexcel is proposing to develop algorithms for digital elevation model fusion that utilize sensor models, sensor characteristics, and auxiliary platform information to improve the quality of fused digital elevation models. We will utilize our existing,non-sensor-specific DEM fusion prototype as a framework in which to prototype sensor-aware fusion capabilities. Our main thrust will be to develop quality metrics based on innate properties of the DEM production method, that can be used to guide DEM fusionby serving as an indicator of the relative quality of the DEM sources at a post. Our focus of study during the Phase 1 shall be the derivation of quality information for SAR stereo and interferometric SAR. We shall also study, as time permits, thederivation of quality metrics for the newer pushbroom optical sensors, such as Ikonos and Quickbird, which have more complicated sensor models than the traditionally used frame-based airborne EO cameras.

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