Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$999,528.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
HQ0147-14-C-7641
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-1918
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-006
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator
 Art Lompado
 Senor Physicist
 (256) 562-0087
 art.lompado@polarissensor.com
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current acquisition, tracking and pointing (ATP) technologies employ optical image processing and/or inertial measurement unit (IMU) data to mitigate image jitter in critical air and space borne targeting applications. Image processing is typically performed using the Kalman filter or some variant thereof, despite the fact that these filters have known shortcomings. In general, they are ill suited for nonlinearly moving targets which is exactly what would be observed in a jittering image stream. Recent development of an enhanced image processor based on the Particle Filter Algorithm (PFA) is attractive because, among other advantages, PFAs inherently handle target nonlinearities. The enhanced PFA has been designed to improve speed, compensate jitter and reduce detectable target SNR through the incorporation of a number of preprocessing components. Polaris Sensor Technologies proposes to further advance this PFA through the development of additional preprocessing components designed to better exploit the image information. Additionally, a study into the potentially substantial advantages of fusing PFA processed imagery and IMU data to improve ATP accuracy we be conducted. The proposed effort has direct relevance to a number of MDA programs including legacy and future interceptors such as THAAD, SM3-IIB, and airborne surveillance assets such as ALTB, ABIR and PTSS.

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