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Results from the Maine 1992 foliage penetration experiment
Author(s): Michael F. Toups; Serpil Ayasli
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Paper Abstract

In order to investigate the detection of targets which are hidden by foliage, an experiment was designed which utilized a forest region located near Portage, Maine. The experiment was designed to address four issues. First, the properties of the backscatter or clutter which competes with the desired target were investigated. Second, the foliage induced attenuation that is experienced by the radar energy traversing the foliage were measured. Third, the ability of a synthetic aperture radar system to focus on a target obscured by foliage was investigated. Fourth, target signatures of foliage obscured and unobscured targets were measured. The forest region was investigated using two different airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems. A UHF wide-band SAR operated by SRI International was used as well as a L-, C-, and X-band SAR installed on a P-3 aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy. The SRI system was used to collect data over 16 square kilometers with repeat passes for verification of system performance. The P-3 system was used to collect over 50 square kilometers of data at three different depression angles with several repeat passes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1942, Underground and Obscured Object Imaging and Detection, (15 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.160356
Show Author Affiliations
Michael F. Toups, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Serpil Ayasli, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1942:
Underground and Obscured Object Imaging and Detection
Nancy K. Del Grande; Ivan Cindrich; Peter B. Johnson, Editor(s)

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