Multispectral/Hyperspectral Imaging System for Small Boat Detection under Wake Clusters
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-023
Topic Title: Multispectral/Hyperspectral Imaging System for Small Boat Detection under Wake Clusters
Proposal No.: N181-023-0815
Firm: Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square
Suite 320
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Contact: Larry Pezzaniti
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Web Site:
Abstract: Detection, classification/recognition, and tracking surface vessels on water is very challenging for many reasons. Haze, marine layer, and/or other particulates can attenuate signal and create path background radiance, all of which reduce the contrast of the target against the background. The intensity and spatial frequencies of the background often mimic the surface vessel making acquisition and tracking of the target difficult. As stated in the solicitation, water wakes from fast moving boats such as the Fast Attack Craft (FAC) can produce wakes that have similar signatures or partially obscure the target. Polaris Sensor Technology proposes to design in Phase I and develop in Phase II a Visible/NIR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR imaging polarimeter with 15 to 3 degree zoom capability. Polarization has been shown to increase contrast and reject background noise in multiple wavebands. Polaris will combine multi-spectral sensing, polarimetry and advanced image processing algorithms to develop robust acquisition, tracking, and classification capability in a single sensor.
Benefits: Successful development of an Multi-band imaging polarimeter for maritime sensing will have considerable military and commercial impact. It is the intent of this SBIR project (Phase I and II) to produce a prototype sensor for testing by potential customers Naval Laboratories and other branches of the military, government facilities.