Multispectral/Hyperspectral Imaging System for Small Boat Detection under Wake Clusters
Navy SBIR 2018.1 - Topic N181-023
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2018 - Closes: February 7, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)
TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air
Platform, Electronics, Weapons
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA 299
(Rotary) H-60 Helicopter Program
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OBJECTIVE: Develop a
lightweight, low-cost, turreted, multispectral/hyperspectral imaging system
capable of detecting, recognizing, identifying, and tracking fast-moving boats
while either partially or completely obscured by highly reflective water wakes.
Electro-Optical systems have been designed for ground-based operations, and do
not consider the effect of high reflection from ship wakes. The Navy needs an
improved Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) imaging system for detection,
recognition, and identification of small, fast, agile boats. Fast moving
boats, such as the Fast Attack Craft (FAC) and the Fast Inshore Attack Craft
(FIAC), generate wakes that have very high reflectivity compared to the
reflectivity from the boats themselves.
PHASE I: Design and
demonstrate the feasibility of an imaging system that meets or exceeds the
requirements specified. The system must have the ability to detect, recognize,
and identify a small boat that is completely submerged in salt water wake for
at least one specified spectral band (SWIR, MWIR, LWIR). Identify technological
and reliability challenges of the design approach, and propose viable risk
mitigation strategies. Develop prototype plans for Phase II.
PHASE II: Design, fabricate,
and demonstrate a multispectral/hyperspectral imaging system prototype based on
the design from Phase I. Test and fully characterize the system prototype to
assess its performance.
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Finalize the design and fabricate a multispectral/hyperspectral
imaging system solution and assist to obtain certification for flight on a
NAVAIR R&D aircraft. Multispectral/hyperspectral imaging systems have
applications in detection of liquid contamination on surfaces, airborne thermal
imaging of buried objects, and detection of defects on merchandise, gas
detection, and mineral identification.
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Imaging; Hyperspectral Imaging; Wake Clusters; Small Boat Detection; FAC; FIAC