Panoramic Stereoscopic Video System for Remote-Controlled Robotic Space Operations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,887.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ05JA14C
Award Id:
69126
Agency Tracking Number:
034906
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021804661
Principal Investigator:
JamesScire, Jr.
Principal Investigator
(860) 528-9806
jscire@AFRinc.com
Business Contact:
MichaelSerio
President
(860) 528-9806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In this project, the development of a novel panoramic, stereoscopic video system was proposed. The proposed system, which contains no moving parts, uses three-fixed position cameras equipped with NASA's Panoramic Refracting Optic (PRO) to generate stereoscopic images over a hemispherical work area. This system will provide an immersive remote environment for robot operation during space missions, enhancing operator effectiveness. In Phase I, a prototype imager was designed, constructed, and tested. This prototype was used to record stereoscopic images throughout its hemispherical viewing area. These tests demonstrated that the system can generate good stereoscopic views for any chosen viewing direction, thereby proving feasibility. In Phase II we propose to develop an advanced prototype system with an improved optical design that will enhance the system's imaging resolution. We also propose to couple the system with a head-mounted display, equipped with a head-tracking unit, to allow the user to effortlessly view the hemispherical workspace in three dimensions by simply moving his or her head. The Phase II project will therefore substantially increase the level of maturity of the Phase I innovation. The project will culminate in the delivery of the advanced prototype imaging system to NASA.

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