Panoramic Stereoscopic Video System for Remote-Controlled Robotic Space Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ05JA14C
Agency Tracking Number: 034906
Amount: $599,887.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: F5.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108-3728
DUNS: 021804661
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Scire
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 528-9806
 jscire@AFRinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael Serio
Title: President
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institution
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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