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SH-PMHT for RF/IR Data Correlation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7194
Agency Tracking Number: B12A-001-0055
Amount: $99,893.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-T001
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-08-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12131 Howards Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA -
United States
DUNS: 158861240
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Darin Dunham
 Senior Research Engineer
 (804) 749-8750
Business Contact
 Darin Dunham
Title: President
Phone: (804) 749-8750
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 Peter Willett
438 Whitney Road Extn Unit 1133
Storrs, CT 06269-1133
United States

 (860) 486-2195
 Nonprofit College or University

In this Phase I SBIR project for MDA, Vectraxx of Glen Allen, Virginia will address the critical problem of correlating tracks from RF to IR sensors. This is an essential element to the sea-based component of the MDA"s Ballistic Missile Defense System. The objective of this R & D effort is to leverage frequency features of both RF and IR sensors in order to advance correlation, association, and lethal object selection against threats containing countermeasures, decoys, debris, and other objects of interest. Spectral frequency features that occur in a RF signature will then be observable in the IR signature. Our plan is to leverage this by using the Spectral-Histogram Probabilistic Multi-Hypothesis Tracker (SH-PMHT). The advantages which the SH-PMHT will provide include the advances in correlation, association, and lethal object selection, but also will be effective in identifying and correlating closely-spaced unresolved objects. These advances will provide earlier and more effective identification and tracking of lethal objects. In Phase I, Vectraxx will demonstrate the value of using SH-PMHT within the BMD Benchmark simulation. In Phase II, the goal will be to fully test the SH-PMHT implementation with simulated scenarios and recorded ground tests in order to advance the capability to TRL-6.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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