NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 O2.01-7854
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Automated Optical Tracking and Identification of 3D Tumbling Objects
PROPOSAL TITLE:Advanced 3D Object Identification System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
OPTRA Inc
461 Boston St
Topsfield ,MA 01983 - 1290
(978) 887 - 6600

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert    Vaillancourt
rvaillancourt@optra.com
OPTRA, Inc, 461 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA  01983 -1290
(978) 887 - 6600

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Optra will build an Advanced 3D Object Identification System utilizing three or more high resolution imagers spaced around a launch platform. Data from each imager will be analyzed in real time using a complex morphological image processing scheme to extract up to 100 objects of interest. These objects will then be individually tracked in the field-of-view of each imager then correlated between imagers to produce an accurate three-dimensional trajectory of each object with estimated ground impact position. Information from each imager's field-of-view is then be used to discern object size and shape information. The system is designed to be completely automated from launch through failure. The primary focus of the Phase I effort is development of the image processing algorithms involved with detecting, tracking, and identifying the objects of interest. The algorithms will be further refined during the Phase II effort and a prototype of the system will be built. Phase II preliminary field tests are planned in which recreational parachutists leaving an aircraft will be tracked and imaged from two stations. These tests will prepare the equipment and personnel for the recorded observation of a live rocket launch, with booster or stage separation, near the end of the program.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The immediate NASA application is for use in the optical monitoring spacecraft launches with sufficient accuracy to identify separate objects and to determine the trajectories of such objects. These same systems may also prove useful in monitoring flights of experimental aircraft.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Non-NASA applications include the DoD monitoring of military weapons and aircraft, and possibly including enemy weapons and aircraft. Civilian applications include monitoring of test flights and general surveillance. With relatively minor modifications, the software can be made capable of recognizing individuals in a scene.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Optical
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Telemetry, Tracking and Control


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