Common Terrain Database Research

Period of Performance: 05/15/1998 - 02/15/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mission Research Corp.
735 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Mission Research Corporation (MRC) and its subcontractor, Terrain Experts Inc. (TERREX) proposes the development of an integrated terrain database combining visual, microwave, and infrared sensor derived information. The goal is to provide the Government with the capability of simulating realistic flight conditions within fixed Government-owned resources such as the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF). Hence, with an integrated test facility, the Government has the ability to test electronic warefare and reconnaissance systems without actually flying the aircraft. The MRC/TERREX simulator will utilize radar reflectivity, infrared reflectance and virtual terrain simulations to provide the user with radar. infrared, and visual (out-of-the-cockpit) images as the system under test (SUT) is "flown" through the test scenario. The MRC/TERREX teams offers unique capabilities to provide this integrated simulation package due to MRC's experience in physical modeling, BAF-related system development, and Government program management along with TERREX's extensive experience in terrain visualization and real-time systems.