Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,528.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-14-C-7641
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-1918
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-006
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
Art Lompado
Senor Physicist
(256) 562-0087
art.lompado@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
President
(256) 562-0087
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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