Vehicle Structure Recovery from a Moving Aerial Platform (VSRMAP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0123
Agency Tracking Number: F054-006-0055
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-05-01
Small Business Information
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320, Austin, TX, 78759
DUNS: 158034665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thayne Coffman
 Principal Scientist
 (512) 342-0010
 tcoffman@21technologies.com
Business Contact
 Darrin Taylor
Title: Vice President
Phone: (512) 342-0010
Email: dtaylorz@21technologies.com
Research Institution
 THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
 Rochelle Athey
 Office of Sponsored Projects , P.O. Box 7726
Austin, TX, 78713
 (512) 471-6424
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Vehicle Structure Recovery from a Moving Aerial Platform (VSRMAP) system gives unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the ability to generate real-time 3D models of an urban battlefield, including static features and moving and articulated vehicle-sized ground targets. Models are created using a single passive electro-optical video camera. VSRMAP builds on other systems that generate real-time models of static battlefield features and track moving ground targets, which are already under development at 21st Century Technologies. VSRMAP completes the battlefield modeling solution by providing full 3D models of the ground targets. Based on prior work, we believe that model-based approaches will be required to accurately model moving vehicle-sized objects. VSRMAP Phase I explores both traditional and model-based approaches to 3D reconstruction, and quantifies their performance to validate or refute this belief and identify the most promising approaches for Phase II development. In both classes of approach, VSRMAP will leverage byproducts of our static battlefield modeling and tracking systems to provide superior 3D target reconstruction. VSRMAP provides novel opportunities for pre-mission planning and training, situational awareness, and strikes on targets of opportunity. By modeling moving and articulated ground targets, it represents a significant advance in the military applicability of 3D modeling systems.

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