Multi-Sensor Image Processing for Acquisition, Tracking, Discrimination, and Targeting of Closely Spaced Objects

Period of Performance: 07/17/2003 - 01/02/2004

$69.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Spectrum Astro, Inc.
1440 N. Fiesta Blvd
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This project will investigate the feasibility of combining information from multiple focal-plane sensors on a single observation platform to produce improved target line-of-sight measurements for use in acquisition, tracking, discrimination, and targeting. In particular, consistent measurements are sought for clusters of closely spaced objects whose images may overlap on the focal planes, and whose intensities may be only slightly above the background noise in some bands. A method has been developed for extracting closely spaced target measurements from a single focal plane under challenging conditions. It is anticipated that by combining multiple focal planes of data, even better measurements may be produced. This will make a significant difference in the ability of missile defense systems to meet their mission objectives. It is anticipated that by combining multiple focal planes of data, even better measurements may be produced. This will make a significant difference in the ability of missile defense systems to meet their mission objectives.