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MSX on-board signal and data processor
Author(s): Brian L. Masson; Carl G. Pfeiffer
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Paper Abstract

The midcourse space experiment (MSX) satellite, to be launched in 1993, will carry as one of its experiments the onboard signal and data processor (OSDP). OSDP will demonstrate real time tracking of targets in space, processing the long wave infrared data from MSXs Spirit III sensor. Hughes Aircraft has built and delivered the OSDP flight unit; verification and acceptance tests have been completed, with all technical requirements satisfied. Built upon the experience gained on the previous generation signal processor currently operating on the airborne surveillance testbed (AST, also known as AOA), OSDP implements improved and simplified algorithms that promise to reduce the computational load while substantially enhancing functional capability. This paper describes the OSDP concept and these functional enhancements. The key OSDP functions are described in detail but on a qualitative basis, to promote an understanding of the functional enhancements and their significance. The characteristics and capabilities of OSDP are compared with those of its predecessors on AST, and future additional enhancements that may be implemented in a next generation to follow OSDP are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1698, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1992, (25 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.139375
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Brian L. Masson, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Carl G. Pfeiffer, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1698:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1992
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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