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Optical Engineering

Passive range estimation using dual-baseline triangulation
Author(s): Ronald J. Pieper; Alfred W. Cooper; G. Pelegris
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Paper Abstract

Modern combat systems based on active radar sensing suffer disadvantages against low-flying targets in cluttered backgrounds. Use of passive infrared sensors with these systems, either in cooperation or as an alternative, shows potential for improving target detection and declaration range for targets crossing the horizon. Realization of this potential requires fusion of target position data from dissimilar sensors, or passive sensor measurement of target range. The availability of passive sensors that can supply both range and bearing data on such targets would significantly extend the robustness of an integrated ship selfdefense system. We consider a new method of range determination with passive sensors based on the principle of triangulation, extending the principle to two orthogonal baselines. The performance of single or double baseline triangulation depends on sensor bearing precision and direction to target. An expression for maximum triangulation range at a required accuracy is derived as a function of polar angle relative to the center of the dual-baseline system. Limitations in the dual-baseline model due to the geometrically assessed horizon are also considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 35(3) doi: 10.1117/1.600660
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 35, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald J. Pieper, U.S. Navy (United States)
Alfred W. Cooper, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
G. Pelegris, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)


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