Imaging through low-visibility fire smoke for ship-board navigation of robotic fire-fighting systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,786.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0392
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-021-0333
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T021
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Short
Project Manager
(805) 966-3331
bshort@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
Roger Stettner
Presidnet
(805) 966-3331
rstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institute:
Univeristy of Calif Santa Barbara
Brad E Paden
552 University Road
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-
(805) 893-8000
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
With the increased threat of shipboard fires, due to the use of composite structures, automated 3D fire control has become an important requirement. These sensors must provide fire detection and 3D localization that can trigger an automated firefighting response. Advanced Scientific Concept's (ASC) eye-safe 3D Flash LIDAR cameras provide a unique 3D imaging solution for fire suppression systems. 3D Flash LIDAR (3DFL) is a near infrared 3D imaging sensor that can penetrate fog and smoke. ASC has developed 3D LIDAR staring array imagers based on its patented 3DFPA technology that output 128x128 3D point clouds at video rates. The proposed effort will leverage the ASC"s on-going development work, with a focus on producing a autonomous 3D fire sensor that will provide navigation and 3D localization of shipboard fires. To answer the Navy"s request for a sensor that can image through smoke, ASC is proposing to combine its 3D sensing capability with UCSBs image processing and path planning algorithms. In Phase I, ASC will demonstrate the 3D sensing capability and create a Phase I system concept to be built and tested in Phase II.

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