SSCI Wins $750,000 Air Force SBIR Grant to Develop Software Technology for 3-D Surveillance Imagery

August 4, 2009 by  

Program Leverages SSCI Leadership in Developing Intelligent Autonomous Unmanned Systems Technology

WOBURN, MA, Aug. 3, 2009 – Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI), a leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, today announced it has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to develop high-quality three-dimensional (3-D) imaging technologies for use in automated surveillance systems. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant leverages SSCI’s leadership in technology enabling intelligent autonomous land-based and aerial unmanned systems to perform their missions in hostile or challenging environments.

The SBIR program is seeking new technologies enabling future surveillance systems to capture very high-quality 3-D images of vehicles, buildings, terrain and other subjects using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. SSCI will develop SAR 3-D imaging technology capable of providing uniform wide-area intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance gathering capabilities in all weather, both day and night. The technology will enable autonomous unmanned vehicles to navigate and identify targets on the ground. It will also enable highly accurate SAR 3-D aerial reconnaissance by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

“Our technology platform provides the brains and nervous systems for unmanned vehicles to operate autonomously and accomplish their missions flawlessly,” said Dr. Raman Mehra, Founder & CEO of SSCI. “Being selected for this critical U.S. Air Force development program underscores the importance of the technologies SSCI is developing.”

SSCI is one of the nation’s top recipients of SBIR grants. The goal of the Air Force award, for Phase II of the Three-Dimensional (3D) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Image Formation and Exploitation program, is to ”demonstrate the utility of the algorithms on measured radar data in the application of high confidence vehicle identification, building and terrain modeling, or change detection.”  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.

SSCI ( will present a technical paper and meet customers at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2009 conference in Washington D.C. from Aug. 10-13 (Booth #129).

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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