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Common Imagery Processor [CIP]

Common Imagery Processor The CIP is a key component of the CIGSS architecture. It provides the processing of all sensor data into NITFS 2.0 imagery for output to the CIGSS LAN. The primary objective of the CIP development is to achieve a hardware and software architecture that is scaleable, extensible, and portable. Underlying these objectives is the philosophy of distributed hardware procurement--with a portable software package, users can select whatever hardware they wish for their processing needs.

The CIP interfaces with the collection element, dissemination element, and management element via local area network(s) (a site infrastructure element). The CIP receives unprocessed imagery from the collection element and transfers processed imagery to the dissemination element which controls the flow of data via a local area network to the archive and exploitation elements, and creates reduced resolution sets (R-Sets). The applications within the CIP include sensor specific processing algorithms which interface with the collection element, the National Imagery Transmission Format Standard (NITFS) file format and compression methods, and the dissemination element applications necessary to organize the data stream according to the protocol defined by the selected LAN technology.

The CIP operates on the data stream according to a prescribed set of algorithms to produce a radiance corrected image with support data extensions in NITF 2.0 format. The services provided by the CIP in the creation of the processed imagery include format conversion; compression and decompression; transformations and filtering; and removal of anomalies. Format conversion, compression and decompression, transformations and filtering are services provided by a dissemination element application resident in the CIP. The CIP also provides support data services that preserve information about the image that is needed for exploitation, archiving, dissemination, and transfer of the processed imagery in allowable standard forms and formats. The resultant image is transferred to local storage media (if private data) or to the archive element for storage and on-line retrieval.

The CIP development is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the portable software architecture will be developed. Included in this will be the capability to process all modes of the following censors:

  • ASARS-2
  • SYERS
  • ATARS (EO/IR/APG-73)
  • LO HAE UAV EO
  • LO HAE UAV SAR

The second phase is production and sustainment, providing software to users and updating the CIP to accomodate new sensors or modifications to existing sensors.

The RFP for the first phase CIP development was released in early April 1996. The deadline for proposals was 20 May 1996. Contract award was made to Northrup Grumman on 24 Sep 1996.

On 31 March 2001 the Sensors, Links, and Ground Stations Division (ASC/RAJ) of the Aeronautical Systems Center Reconnaissance System Program Office (ASC/RA) announced that it intends to procure hardware, software and follow-on support for the multi-service Common Imagery Processor (CIP). The primary objective of the CIP program is to process data from multiple sensor and platforms and provide standard, interoperable imagery products for exploitation in each Service Common Imagery Ground/Surface System (CIGSS). The CIP architecture must allow for adaptation to incorporate new sensors and other upgrades based on changing user needs with minimal impact to the design of the services' CIGSS component ground stations. CIP units must be capable of processing Electro-Optical (EO), Infrared (IR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Multi- Spectral Imagery (MSI), and other data from national, theater, and tactical sources.

The CIP must also possess a hardware and software architecture that is modular, scaleable, extensible, has inherent interoperability, minimizes life cycle costs, uses Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products and Government Off-The-Shelf (GOTS) products and is open architecture based.

The acquisition includes, but is not limited to, the following efforts: 1) maintenance and sustainment of fielded CIP units; 2) purchase of up to 20 additional CIP units; 3) upgrade and maintenance of software/hardware to process data from new sensors; 4) architecture enhancements to the CIP system; 5) Field Service Representative Support; 6) support to maintain sensor imagery processing code; 7)integration support to other ground station and sensor developers; and 8) provide training and documentation to system users.

The government intends to release a solicitation(s) for these requirements on a Sole Source basis in accordance with FAR 6.302-1(a)(1), Only One Responsible Source. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, 1580A West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090, cage code 97942, is the intended source. The proposed effort involves work at a classification level of SECRET. An order (or orders) against a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) using Cost-Plus- Incentive-Fee, Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee, Time and Materials, and/or Firm Fixed Price contract types is contemplated. The period of performance for the proposed effort is July 2001 through September 2002.



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