COBRA Automatic Obstacle Detection (AOD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-C-4544
Agency Tracking Number: N061-013-0611a
Amount: $1,199,172.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-013
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, -
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jed Withers
 (850) 729-2130
Business Contact
 Dave Kane
Title: EVP
Phone: (520) 770-6099
Research Institution
The Arete Associates (Arete) proposed effort develops and implements a Automatic Obstacle Detection (AOD) capability for the existing Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block I System. To provide an AOD capability for the COBRA Block I system, Arete will develop, design, implement and integrate an obstacle detection algorithm on the COBRA Post Mission Analysis (PMA) Station. The COBRA Block I system collects and analyzes Multispectral Imagery (MSI) data in the Surf Zone (SZ), Beach Zone (BZ) and Beach Exit Zone (BEZ) to detect minefields, fortifications, and obstacles on a custom Post Mission Analysis (PMA) station after the COBRA Airborne Payload Subystem (CAPS) imaging sensor has landed. Currently, Obstacle Detection is a manual, operator-in-the-loop, image review procedure performed on the PMA Station Subsystem. The lack of a COBRA AOD capability requires operators to manually open and review every multispectral image to perform visual obstacle detection. This amount of operator review to perform Obstacle Detection significantly extends the operational timelines associated with a COBRA mission. The proposed COBRA AOD capability will eliminate the manual operator-in-the-loop detection and subsequently provide for greater than 50% reduction to the current overall COBRA PMA timeline.

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