A Novel Infrared Tag for Accurately Tracking Multiple Targets in Six Dimensions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36411
Amount: $99,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2851 S. 44th Street Suite #4, East Hartford, CT, 06138
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Yong-sheng Chao
 (860) 895-1995
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Research Institution
The technique for accurately measuring the positions and orientations of targets in relation to a fixed reference is of fundamental importance to a number of military and commercial applications. For example, in the simulation experiments for testing of installed, integrated avionics, the configuration geometry data for hundreds of test assets, each having six-degree-of-freedom must be automatically recorded and logged. Currently available tracking technologies, such as magnetic ultrasonic methods or conventional imaging methods are either sensitive to ambient interference or not suitable for tracking multiple objects. A novel infrared direction indicator is proposed for simultaneously and individually tracking multiple objects with high accuracy. The tag is compact, light weight, without any wire connection, can be conveniently attached to the object. The link between the tag and the measuring instruments is wireless and remote. The system is robust to interference including electromagnetic, acoustic, optical, and mechanical interference. The system is compact, light weight, with reasonable cost, suitable for field use.

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