Dual-Band Infrared Image Fusion & Target Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$98,955.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-04-P-0047
Award Id:
69537
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-021-0666
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
DavidFay
Lead Engineer
(781) 273-3378
dave.fay@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
JohnBarry
Contracts Manager
(781) 273-3388
jack.barry@alphatech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A boost-phase intercept (BPI) system aims to destroy attacking intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) while the booster rockets are still burning and before they have deployed mid-course decoys or released their munitions. Detection and tracking of the incoming missile under changing atmospheric conditions is a significant challenge for the BPI system. Including a dual-band mid-wave infrared (MWIR) / long-wave infrared (LWIR) imager on the interceptor or airborne laser (ABL) platform will enable the BPI system to take advantage of the strong MWIR and LWIR signatures of the rocket plume and the missile body, respectively. In Phase I, we propose to demonstrate the feasibility of neural methods for image conditioning, image fusion, and target learning to detect missile bodies and plumes in dual-band MWIR/LWIR imagery of ICBM launches. To accomplish this we will modify our existing methods for dynamic range compression, image fusion, and target learning & detection to process multi-band infrared imagery. We will also explore techniques for adapting the learned representation of the target to changing atmospheric conditions as the target missile continues through the boost-phase of its launch. In addition, we propose to discover which spectral features are important for learning the signatures of the plume and missile body.

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