Atmospheric Environmental Metrology for Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) Sensor Flight Test

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,979.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-14-C-0052
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-090-0859
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-090
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
100 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ, 08540-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
096845169
Principal Investigator:
JeromeTull
Senior Scientist
(609) 921-3892
jxt@scitec.com
Business Contact:
JamesLisowski
CEO
(609) 921-3892
jjl@scitec.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) needs accurate, autonomous techniques for atmospheric correction of airborne imaging sensors to support flight testing, specifically validation of Noise-Equivalent Differential Temperature (NEDT) capabilities of Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Outside of a controlled laboratory environment, temperature retrieval and measurement of NEDT are subject to the uncertainties that enter in through a number of variable terms, most of which are due to the earth"s atmosphere. The lack of timely atmospheric measurements with regard to any given test location and duration makes it a challenge to accurately characterize the composition of absorbing species along a sensor"s line of sight to a target under real-world conditions. SciTec proposes to develop and deliver a capability to perform autonomous ingest and fusion of available atmospheric profile data with that collected by a ground-based meteorological station. This capability will contain a direct implementation of MODTRAN for performing the radiative transport calculations, thus providing representations of the atmosphere that will dramatically enhance EO/IR temperature retrieval and NEDT characterization. SciTec will bring its decades of experience in ISR sensor testing and performance evaluation to deliver a precision automated process for sensor calibration and testing to the NAVAIR T & E team.

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