Real Time Data Processor for Local Area Space Situational Awareness

Period of Performance: 05/10/2013 - 02/10/2014

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Irvine Sensors Corp.
3001 Red Hill Avenue, B3-108 Array
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The Threat Assessment Sensor Suite (TASS) under development by Irvine Sensor Corporation under SBIR sponsorship of AFRL provides a robust sensing capability which includes passive and active sensors with search, detection, tracking, and imaging modes. Work under this task will be focused on signal and data processing of TASS sensor suite target data using neural inspired, cognitive processing techniques for accurate target and target activity characterization. This cognitive processing will be fused using cross-modal correlation techniques with other situational data available from the host and from other monitoring systems to create an integrated, accurate, and timely local situation awareness picture. BENEFIT: The commercial use of space is continuing to expand as many more countries, in addition to the US, deploy space assets. Local Area Space Situation Awareness (LASSA), however achieved, will be an important capability for these systems to insure their owners of their operability and status. The multimodal sensor suites and associated interpretive processing to be developed under this SBIR Topic will provide an array of sensors and associated processing that commercial users can exploit to meet their particular LASSA requirements. This concept s ability to detect and track small debris as well as observe and interpret activities near high value host satellites will provide significant capabilities helping to insure long term operability of these critical assets.