SSCI Wins Navy Grant to Develop Super-Resolution Optics for Tactical Sensors

June 5, 2009 by  

Program Leverages SSCI Leadership in Developing Intelligent Autonomous Unmanned Systems Technology

WOBURN, MA, June 5, 2009 – Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI), a leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, today announced it has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Navy to develop super-resolution optics for tactical sensors. The Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) grant leverages SSCI’s leadership in technology enabling intelligent autonomous unmanned systems to perform their missions in hostile or challenging environments.

The SBIR program is seeking new technologies to create and capture image data beyond the range of current optical imaging systems used in battlefield situations and with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The technology must capture high-resolution images even in severe atmospheric conditions that can distort imagery such as drastic heat, turbulence or other events that distort visibility. SSCI will develop technology for super-resolving terrestrial scenes, focusing on flexible image reconstruction algorithms exploiting fast, lightweight graphics processing units. The new technology will enhance the performance and ability of intelligent unmanned systems to operate more independently than in the past.

“Being selected for this critical U.S. Navy development program underscores the importance of the technologies SSCI is developing,” said Dr. Raman Mehra, Founder & CEO. “SSCI’s technology platform provides the brains and nervous systems of unmanned vehicles that need to operate collaboratively and seamlessly with manned assets to accomplish missions in challenging environments.”

SSCI is one of the nation’s top recipients of SBIR grants. The funding, for Phase I of the Super-Resolution Optics for Tactical Sensors program, is for an “end-to-end optical imaging system prototype that will produce images at a 1Hz rate, with image resolutions at or beyond the diffraction limit, under severe atmospheric conditions.” SBIR grants are designed to stimulates technological innovation and promote the productivity and economic growth of the nation by engaging private enterprise in productive innovation projects for the U.S. government.

About Scientific Systems Company, Inc.
Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) pioneers products and technologies that provide the intelligence for unmanned ground, air and maritime vehicles to autonomously and collaboratively accomplish missions in difficult environments. A leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, SSCI is one of the top 20 recipients of Small Business Innovation Research awards in the U.S. and is recognized by the U.S. Navy and Army for its record of successful technology transitions. A privately held company based in Massachusetts, SSCI collaborates with a network of defense industry prime contractors and consultants, drawing on an accumulated investment of over $150 million in advanced research and development funding.

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