Multi-Source Vertical Obstruction Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-04-P-0482
Agency Tracking Number: N041-015-0526
Amount: $99,875.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-015
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
108 Wildflower Drive, Amherst, MA, 01002
DUNS: 022680826
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Howard Schultz
 (413) 253-0157
Business Contact
 Howard Schultz
Title: President
Phone: (413) 253-0157
Research Institution
In support of low flying air vehicle missions, the Navy seeks improved capabilities to detect automatically, geo-locate, and determine the height above ground of vertical obstructions over operational areas. Of importance is the ability to assess the horizontal and vertical accuracy of detection results and detect obstructions above specified heights. The solution must be able to process and fuse various inputs, including multi-source imagery and elevation data. Accordingly, we propose to research and develop an innovative system to perform these functions, tentatively named: "VertiVision"; and particular emphasis is on support to the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program. Of prime importance are: 1) A mathematically rigorous capability that can detect vertical obstructions, with emphasis on manmade objects such as buildings, towers, and similar features. 2) A capability to ingest and fuse multiple data sources, to include commercial, national, and tactical and leverage sensor model parameters to ensure maximum modeling precision; 3) A capability to accurately determine the height(s) of obstruction(s) as per mission requirements; and 4) A method for geo-locating the obstructions and making such output compatible with Navy mission planning objectives. Commercial and defense marketplaces are demanding solutions of this type, which suggests an eventual marketable solution should do well.

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