Single Platform Autonomous Reconnaissance using Omnispectral Sensing (SPAROS) for Sensor-Aided Vigilance

Period of Performance: 05/05/2006 - 02/05/2007


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SET Assoc. Corp.
1005 N. Glebe Rd.Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201
Principal Investigator


SET Corporation will develop a system to conduct Single Platform Autonomous Reconnaissance using Omnispectral Sensing (SPAROS) from an unmanned intelligence vehicle (UIV). The SPAROS UIV will feature a tightly-integrated suite of RF and EO sensors and associated processing to detect, track, identify, and geolocate target vehicles and dismounts operating in urban environment. SET will collaborate with the AFRL/SNAT research team to establish system requirements, develop a concept of operations, and conduct cost/benefit trades involved in the selection of discriminating phenomenologies, promising processing strategies, RF and EO sensors, and candidate UIV platforms and auxiliary subsystems. The system engineering design space will span a suite of sensors including active radar and SIGINT sensors as well as Low Light and Image Intensified TV, MWIR/LWIR/multispectral video, and ladar to provide a reconnaissance capability even in near-dark and moderate cloud/smoke conditions. SET is well-acquainted with a broad range of processing strategies from RF Doppler fingerprinting to 3D model construction from multi-view ladar as well as particle filtering to combat complex urban target kinematics and high confuser densities. Phase I research will form the foundation for a significant Phase II prototyping and experimentation effort in the AFRL/SNA SAVig laboratory.