Multi-Spectral Countermeasure and Debris Identification and Mitigation Algorithm Suite

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7717
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1771
Amount: $1,999,957.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-028
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 825470987
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Hendrix
 Chief Scientist
 (949) 716-4290
Business Contact
 Holly Bertrand
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (949) 716-4290
Research Institution
Objects tracked by optical sensors in ascent phase and midcourse are frequently obscured on the focal plane by closely spaced objects, countermeasures and debris (or clutter) that affect the performance of discrimination and tracking algorithms. Problems include missed detections, false alarms, corrupted signatures and masking of pixels that contain lethal objects. The objective of the proposed effort is to develop a focal plane clutter identification and mitigation algorithm suite that can execute on-board the ABIR, PTSS and SM-3 platforms. The suite uses multiple band focal plane data to identify regions of interest that contain clutter via characterization of the surface material properties found on the focal plane. Once identified, regions are processed by generating image maps that are manipulated to reject"hot"clutter thereby enhancing signatures of relatively"cool"targets of interest. The suite then leverages the CCIR3.1 closely spaced object (CSO) algorithm to provide target detections. This phase II effort will focus on maturation, testing and integration of the algorithm suite into the SM-3 Block IIA testbed, laying the groundwork for a successful phase III transition.

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