Abstract Summary: An embedded system (FPGA) based video/signal processing algorithm for damage detection in aerospace structures (NDE technique) was developed. The laser based wave propagation imaging system is use for damage or fatigue detection in specimen e.g. Ultrasonic Wave Propagation Imaging (UWPI) technique. The previous CPU based system was much slower in performance. Hence high speed and truly parallel FPGA based, completely dedicated system was implemented. The goal was to reduce the processing time and effort over the CPU and shift processing load to FPGA. The processed information is then fed into the PC for visualization. Comparison between the CPU based and FPGA based systems were also presented to validate the point present in the research.