Water Effects Correction Software (WECS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7369
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-020-0051
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-020
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Spectral Sciences, Inc.
4 Fourth Avenue, Burlington, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
047627732
Principal Investigator:
Hoang Dothe
Principal Scientist
(781) 273-4770
dothe@spectral.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sundberg
President
(781) 273-4770
rob@spectral.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Infrared (IR) target scenes can suffer from distorting effects by atmospheric species present along the atmospheric paths through which the signals are propagated, causing errors in derived target characteristics (e.g., position, velocity, angle). The main contributor to these errors is refraction of the signals by water, in its various forms (e.g., vapor, cloud, air-ice mix, etc.), along the path. Turbulence phenomena and dynamic climate conditions change the parameters (water density, temperature, pressure) that affect the refraction. It is crucially important to correct for these distorting effects in order to accurately determine the position, velocity and angle of the target object. Spectral Sciences, Inc (SSI) in collaboration with CG2, Inc., proposes to develop a software algorithm, dubbed"Water Effects Correction Software"(WECS), to accurately model the distorting effects of water on IR scenes and correct for the errors they cause in the interpretation of target characteristics. The software will make use of weather databases to provide accurate atmospheric conditions for realistic simulations of scenes under dynamic climate conditions. The algorithms will be designed in Phase I to be suitable for acceleration to real time on board performance. The real time capable software will be our Phase II product.

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