Two-Color Infrared (IR) Simulation Tools

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


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Defense Research Associates, Inc.
3915 Germany Lane Suite 102
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A major challenge in developing an operationally useful optics based MWS is maintaining a high probability of detection in high clutter with a minimum number of false alarms. A method to remove false alarms caused by the sun is to use two-color discrimination techniques as well as using visible sensor systems. Available laboratory IR simulators only generate high-fidelity single-color IR scenes and emulate single-color MWS in real time, but cannot provide the fidelity and scene generation capability to mature two-color IR and visible sensor systems. DRA proposes a robust, integrated, Real-Time Optics Multi-color Simulation (ROMS) capability to address the two-color and visible MWS requirements. ROMS applies commercial scene rendering concepts with innovative architecture for a flexible optical sensor technology testbed. During Phase I, DRA will investigate optical MWS development requirements, define key simulation technologies to generate a real-time optical scene, and develop simulation architecture that integrates these technologies. DRA will utilize the Sensors Directorate Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory (IDAL) as a testbed for demonstrating the architecture's feasibility. During Phase II, DRA will implement a prototype using the IDAL to demonstrate key characteristics. The Phase II effort will provide a building-block capability for rapid evolution of advanced optical MWS technology.