Aimpoint Maintenance of Ground Targets by Airborne Laser Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-13-M-0343
Agency Tracking Number: F131-014-1238
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-014
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Equinox Corporation
57 West 57th Street, Third Floor, New York, NY, -
DUNS: 884253436
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Goldberg
 Principal Engineer
 (646) 416-7951
 david@equinoxsensors.com
Business Contact
 Lawrence Wolff
Title: President
Phone: (646) 416-7950
Email: wolff@equinoxsensors.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: We propose an algorithm for aimpoint maintenance that is robust to large changes in target aspect as well as scintillation and atmospheric turbulence. The approach makes use of flexible, parametrized vehicle models that are capable of representing a vast array of potential targets. Information about the platform orientation collected from on-board sensors and minimal user input provide initial constraints, and the model's structure parameters are refined during the course of the track. As the structure parameters converge, the motion of the target is tracked by comparing the model to the camera output in order to determine the relative position and orientation of the target. During Phase I, we will develop a prototype implementation of the algorithm and demonstrate its efficacy on imagery provided by the government. BENEFIT: This technology will be useful for the engagement of ground and maritime targets in military and law enforcement. Suppression and surveillance applications are possible.

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