Responsive, Pre-launch and On-orbit, Electro-Optical Sensor Characterization and Calibration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-C-0185
Agency Tracking Number: F093-090-1093
Amount: $724,347.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-090
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 153927827
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Murdock
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 927-4774
Business Contact
 Rhonda Adawi
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (805) 685-6672
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Our Phase II approach will further develop a new empirical approach to sensor calibration with the goal of dramatically improving the rapid checkout and immediate usefulness of Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) assets. In Phase I, we demonstrated the concept of non-linear, per-pixel, response compensation models with empirically derived coefficients that corrected the instantaneous sensor response over the span of likely operational conditions in which the sensor will be expected to perform. FTI"s vision is one where sensor design, ground test experiments, and on-orbit checkout tasks are designed to promote pre-launch sensor calibration over the entire range of operating conditions expected in early on-orbit operations; the sensor is designed from the ground up to support an ORS mission. In support of this vision, during Phase II we will address the novel calibration needs of next generation of giga-pixel arrays by incorporating new computational Graphic Processor Unit technology into the workflow. Furthermore, we will construct an innovative Design of Experiment for collecting test data intelligently and efficiently. We envision creating a software suite capable of supporting future space-based and airborne electro-optical infrared sensors, where the demands of ORS and large/fast readout sensor arrays result in a challenging environment of data-rich, time-critical operations. BENEFIT: The innovation resulting from this research will have direct impact on any program that has a need to reduce the timeline between sensor deployment and the delivery of calibrated, validated data to the user. The ultimate result of the implementation of the innovations produced by this Phase II effort will be in the increased probability of mission success in the immediate period after cover release. In addition to the high visibility space-based surveillance, remote sensing and interceptor missions, FTI has identified civilian and military applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as being potential immediate application targets for this technology. Civilian applications for UAVs include border security, search and rescue, traffic control, fire suppression, and crop and environmental surveillance.

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