Real-Time Specification of Battlespace Environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$745,847.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8718-07-C-0018
Award Id:
78819
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-248-0486
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
131 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02421
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091493569
Principal Investigator:
Charles Carrano
Principal Investigator
(781) 761-2307
ccarrano@aer.com
Business Contact:
Cecilia Sze
President and CEO
(781) 761-2288
csze@aer.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A system is proposed for real-time specification of the Battlespace Environment and integrated sensor management designed to optimize the joint operational capabilities of radio-frequency (RF), electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) sensors in the detection, tracking, surveillance, and characterization of space objects. To meet this objective, we present a framework for integrating phenomenological, empirical, and physics-based sensor impacts models with specifications of the environmental state obtained through local measurements, global data-assimilative models, and climatology. Metrics of sensor impairment will be balanced with sensor capabilities to maximize the efficacy of the system of sensors available to complete the intended mission. In the Phase I effort, we provided real-world scenarios that demonstrate how the performance of RF, EO, and IR sensors can be affected by the environment, both individually and in-concert. The result of our Phase II effort will be a prototype for real-time nowcasting and forecasting of sensor degradation due to a wide variety of environmental phenomena, and a demonstration that integrated sensor management techniques which include space weather effects can improve the performance of globally distributed networks of sensors conducting ground-to-space and space-to-space observations of the Battlespace Environment.

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