NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 03-A1.01-9927 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 033073)
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Crew Systems Technologies for Improved Airspace Safety and Security
PROPOSAL TITLE: Flight-appropriate 3D Terrain-rendering Toolkit for Synthetic Vision

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TERRAMETRICS, INC.
PO Box 270101
Littleton ,CO 80127 - 0002
(303) 979 - 5255

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gregory A. Baxes
gbaxes@terrametrics.com
PO Box 270101
Littleton ,CO  80127 -0002
(303) 979 - 5255
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
TerraMetrics proposes an SBIR Phase I R/R&D effort to develop a key 3D terrain-rendering technology that provides the basis for successful commercial deployment of flight-qualified Synthetic Vision (SV) systems. The proposed innovation exploits the use of an encoded terrain data storage format coupled with real-time, terrain-block processing that inherently provides true, display-limited rendering accuracy and deterministic frame rates, eliminates "vertex-popping" artifacts, and supports a spherical rendering model as well as lightweight computer and data storage platform requirements. Significant preceding computer graphics research has targeted terrain rendering, but the focus has been on non-rigorous, ground-based visualization/simulation (VisSim) and gaming applications. The accuracy and performance demands of a flight-deployable, SVS terrain-rendering environment have not been adequately addressed to date, due to minimal commercial demand. The proposed innovation provides a flight-qualifiable, SV avionics 3D terrain-rendering solution to NASA?s Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) and downstream SV commercial embodiments.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
1) NASA Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) research and development

2) Out-the-window displays for windowless spacecraft

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
1) Flight-based Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) for
a) Commercial aircraft,
b) Business aircraft,
c) Military aircraft and rotorcraft,
c) General Aviation aircraft, and
d) Special-purpose aircraft applications such as aerial firefighting, search and rescue, remote sensing data collection, and reconnaissance

2) Ground-based Visualization/Simulation systems on lightweight platforms, GIS, gaming