Micro-Camera for oceanographic properties and shallow water hydrography

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-06-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N061-091-0337
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-091
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Dugan
 Arete Fellow
 (703) 413-0290
Business Contact
 Philip Selwyn
Title: Arete Vice President
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Email: pselwyn@arete.com
Research Institution
Under this Phase I proposal Areté proposes to research the feasibility of developing a small, light-weight, low power imaging system for use on a small TUAV for supporting environmental parameter retrieval algorithms in littoral missions. This research will include a detailed requirements analysis to identify, model and quantify the operational constraints incumbent upon the use of a small camera/GPS/IMU system for measuring water depths from a small UAV. This will be followed by a full matrix trade-study that includes candidate imaging and navigation system components, notional Concepts of Operations and several innovative methods for achieving image stabilization. This study will evaluate trades for accuracy of bathymetry product versus weight, cost, power consumption, collection geometry and coverage rate. These studies will rely heavily upon the use of two Areté assets. The first is the Areté ISR Modeling Tool (IMTool), a GUI-run simulator for performing trade studies, METOC performance assessments and mission planning. The second asset is the Areté Unmanned Research Aircraft (AURA), a miniature UAV test platform that will be used to obtain mission-relevant platform motions. A final report describing the results of this Phase I project will include candidate solutions and assessments of their expected performance to be used in determining whether the results warrant proceeding to a Phase II program.BENEFITS: The primary customer for this technology is the Navy. Should Phase I results warrant contined development, plans are to pursue Navy support to complete development of this technology and produce a sensor system for tactical deployment by U.S. expeditionary forces. This specific project provides an obvious path for a product line of many of these small sensor units, since multiple government agencies are acquiring TUAVs in very large numbers, and our time series imaging approach provides advanced capabilities for such a wide range of these agencies ISR missions.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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