What We Are Doing

Since 1984, CPI has designed, developed, and implemented basic and applied science projects for various U. S. Government organizations and prime contractors. Working directly with scientists at federal agencies and large prime contractors, CPI continually meets the requirements these institutions seek through cutting edge research and state-of-the-art technology. Our strong client base of repeat customers (some of whom have been using our services for over 20 years) are a testament to the confidence clients place in the experience, skills, and capabilities of our professional scientific services.

Current and Prior CPI projects include:


Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS)
The Joint Milliarcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS) is a Department of Navy (DoN) bright star astrometric all-sky survey scheduled for launch in the 2013 time frame. Mission objectives include a complete update of star positions for the 2015 epoch to accuracy levels of 1 milliarcsecond (5 nano-radians) for bright stars, as well as demonstration of a 10 milliarcsecond attitude determination capability and 50 milli-arcsecond attitude control on-orbit. Read more >

vlbi_thumb Very Long Baseline Interferomety (VLBI)
Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) is a technique being used by the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) to determine the reference frames for stars and the Earth, and to predict the variable orientation of the Earth in three-dimensional space. This information is important for frequent calibration of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to avoid drift in triangulations over time. Read more >

Atmospheric Correction

Atmospheric Correction Tool
CPI has developed a software tool for performing atmospheric correction of remotely-sensed imagery and calculating surface reflectance.
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Gravity Waves

Gravity Waves
CPI is developing gravity-wave models for basic and applied research, such as the simulation of long-wave / short-wave interactions in the ocean shown to the left.
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Mars Regional or Global Ray Tracer (MARGRAT)
CPI scientists are worked closely with Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists to develop a model to simulate the propagation of non-hydrostatic gravity waves through a neutral Martian atmosphere. Read more >

Radiative Transfer Modeling

Atmospheric Effects on Transfer of Heat and Environmental Radiation (AETHER™)
AETHER™ is a CPI-owned band-model atmospheric radiative transfer code which outputs the full radiative environment in the UV, visible, infrared and millimeter wave spectral regions for support of both scene and signature simulations. Read more >

Moderate Spectral Atmospheric Radiance and Transmittance (MOSART)
MOSART is a U.S. Department of Defense standard code for predicting the radiative environment in the ultraviolet (UV), visible (VIS), infrared (IR), and millimeter wave (MMW) to provide input for scene and signature simulations. Read more >

Natural Illumination
CPI has developed a natural illumination model of earthshine and skyshine incident on resident space objects to support space-based space surveillance for Space Situational Awareness. Read more >

Remote Sensing

Cloud Imaging and Particle Size Experiment (CIPS)
An ultraviolet (UV) imager on the NASA AIM spacecraft making global high resolution measurements of polar mesospheric clouds (PMC). Read more >

Global Ultraviolet Imager (GUVI)
CPI has developed remote sensing algorithms to produce a variety of auroral data products from the far ultraviolet instrument GUVI on the NASA Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite. Products include characteristic energy (Eo) and energy flux of precipitating auroral electrons, dayside as well as auroral O/N2, solar EUV/XUV energy flux (QEUV), and EUV/XUV spectra from 1 to 45 nm. Read more >

Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)
JPSS is a polar-orbiting sun-synchronous satellite that is scheduled to be launched in 2011 to monitor global environmental conditions, and collect and disseminate data products related to the atmosphere, the oceans, the land, the cryosphere and the near-earth space environment. Read more >

Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
The OMPS limb profiler (LP) instrument provides a long-term stratospheric ozone monitoring capability for the JPSS satellite system. Read more >

Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement (POAM)
The POAM II and III solar occultation instruments produced a unique twelve-year time history of key trace gases, aerosols and clouds in the polar stratosphere. Read more >

WindSat is a satellite-based multi-frequency polarimetric microwave radiometer making global measurements of the ocean surface wind vector and other key environmental parameters. Read more >

Scene Generation

Global-scene Architecture for Integrated atmosphere,
terrain, and cloud Analysis (GAIA™)

GAIA™ is a robust computer code for simulating terrain and cloud UV/VIS/IR imagery of the earth's surface that is being developed for Missile Defense Agency needs. Read more >

Ocean Universal Scene (OCEANUS™) Model
OCEANUS™ is a high fidelity time varying physics-based ocean background scene model that calculates water-leaving radiance and luminance in the ultraviolet (UV), visible (VIS), and infrared (IR) wavebands of interest for remote sensing applications and battlespace sensor and system trade studies. Read more >
Synthetic Scene Generation Model (SSGM)
The Synthetic Scene Generation Model (SSGM) is a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) standard model that generates multi-phenomenology scenes used to predict what visible and infrared (IR) sensors view during ballistic missile engagement scenarios. Read more >

Sensor Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val)

GOES-13 EUVS Calibration and Early-Orbit Validation
CPI and NRL physicists provided the first validation of EUVS on GOES-13 (5-channel solar EUV sensor) using multiple sources of independent data after developing a calibration model accommodating pointing offsets, non-uniform disk emission, and band spectral shapes of the user's choosing. Read more >

Participate in DMSP SSUSI calibration/validation (cal/val)
programs for currently flying satellites (F16-18)

SSUSI (Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager), built by APL and flying on the Air Force's DMSP's polar satellites, measures limb and disk FUV from which ionospheric, solar, and atmospheric products are derived from auroral, dayside, and nightside data. CPI has been a key algorithm developer and an active participant in SSUSI's cal/val programs. Read more >

Synthetic Aperture Radar

SAR Workbench
CPI has implemented a polarimetric processing capability in SAR Workbench, a suite of software applications for analyzing Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery developed by the Naval Research Laboratory. Read more >