NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 O2.01-7865
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Automated Optical Tracking and Identification of 3D Tumbling Objects
PROPOSAL TITLE:Digital Image-Based Automatic Tracking Capability

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)
Craig  R. Schwarze
cschwarze@optra.com
OPTRA, Inc. 461 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA  01983 -1290
(978) 887 - 6600

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
OPTRA proposes to develop an Automated Optical Tracking Capability tailored to NASA's network of optical tracking stations at the Kennedy Space Center. This will be based on target recognition and tracking algorithms that will be developed during Phase I, and tested using a prototype optical tracking station that will be designed and built for this purpose. The goal will be the totally automatic tracking by all tracking stations, without the need for human intervention. If any single station loses sight of the target, it will continue to track based on trajectory information that will be continuously generated from the ALT/AZ data supplied to the Central Tracking Computer by the active tracking stations. During Phase I OPTRA will model the optical tracking scenario and will provide estimates of the maximum downrange tracking distance, and of the tracking errors as functions of downrange distance, atmospheric visibility, and wind (turbulence). OPTRA will also provide data on the speed with which the algorithms will be able to process image data; compensation for any time lag in data processing will be built into the algorithms.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
This program specifically addresses NASA's requirement for providing an automated tracking capability for current and future optical tracking stations. If our effort is successful, NASA will be able to add COTS digital imagers to each tracking station, and ? using the algorithms which we will have developed ? the data from these imagers can be used to automatically track space vehicles from the time of launch until the space vehicle can no longer be seen. ALT/AZ data from the network of tracking stations can be used in the continuous computation of the space vehicle's trajectory, and the digital image data from each tracking station can be stored for future analysis, or analyzed in real time.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Non-NASA applications include the DoD monitoring of military weapons and aircraft, possibly including enemy weapons and aircraft. Civilian applications include monitoring of test flights and general surveillance.

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
Optical
Telemetry, Tracking and Control


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