Form 9.B Project Summary






Project Title:

Automated Resolution Enhancement of

Satellite Images

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Commercial imaging satellites will soon be capable

of economically producing 1 to 3 m resolution

panchromatic images. This resolution needs to be

improved to support urban planning, agribusiness,

land use, forestry management, etc., where aircraft

sensors customarily produce 0.15 m resolution

imagery, at relatively high cost.

Recent advances in image resolution enhancement

and precise image navigation will be applied to

limited resolution satellite image data to produce

significantly finer resolution images. Software will

be developed to apply these technologies as routine

and efficient integrated procedures, to fill the need

for timely processing of available large scientific

and commercial data sets.

Existing, directly applicable technology is

sufficiently mature for this innovation. An

a-posteriori estimation procedure, applied to

repeated AVHRR images with a resolution in the

range of 1 km, has achieved a five-fold

improvement. The ability to reliably enhance

topographical features, man-made objects, and

vegetation will provide scientific and commercial

users a new fertile source of detailed data.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

With the advent of commercial satellites, data

acquired from remote sensors is finding application

in the private sector. Increased resolution of these

data is needed in order to make commercial use

cost effective. We have a commitment from a

private company in the field of urban planning

photogrammetry to commercialize applications

resulting from this study for a transition from

conventional aerial photogrammetry, and for

increasing the use of data acquired by aircraft.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

John C. Tsucalas

Tactical Technical Solutions Inc

PO Box 656

Broomfield , CO 80038

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Harvey S. Gold

Tactical Technical Solutions Inc

PO Box 656

Broomfield , CO 80038