Microphone Array Signal Processing and Active Noise Control for the In-Helmet Speech Communication

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,564.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA39C
Award Id:
87994
Agency Tracking Number:
075231
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9 Sylvan Drive, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808499748
Principal Investigator:
Sherry Ye
Principal Investigator
(908) 575-8955
sherryqye@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Sherry Ye
CEO/President
(908) 575-8955
sherryqye@gmail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
For in-helmet voice communication, the currently used Communication-Cap-based Audio (CCA) systems have a number of recognized logistical issues and inconveniences that cannot be resolved with incremental improvements to the basic design of the CCA systems. The objective of this research project is to develop an Integrated Spacesuit Audio (ISA) system that can possess similar performance to a CCA while offering users inherent comfort and ease of use. In Phase I, the feasibility of using microphone array beamforming or multichannel noise reduction plus a single-channel postfilter to combat a variety of types of in-helmet noise was validated. Comparative simulations indicated that novel multichannel noise reduction is more practical and more effective than traditional microphone array beamforming for ISA systems. Phase II will pursue advanced development and prototype of the proposed technical solution for the ISA system. Directions for improvement that were established in Phase I will be carefully followed, subjective evaluation will be carried out, and the ISA designs will be further optimized. Finally a real-time demo system will be built using either DSP or FPGA. It should be ready for testing and use by NASA at the end of Phase II.

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