COBRA Automatic Obstacle Detection (AOD)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,199,172.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-13-C-4544
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N061-013-0611a
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-013
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
Jed Withers
Manager
(850) 729-2130
jwithers@arete.com
Business Contact:
Dave Kane
EVP
(520) 770-6099
contracts2@arete.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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