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Clutter detection and tracking for imaging target trackers
Author(s): Larisa Stephan; Gillian K. Groves
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Paper Abstract

Loss of lock on background regions or target-like objects (clutter) is a major problem for imaging target trackers. Although gated trackers naturally resist clutter interference until the threat is within the track gate, they do not typically predict the impending perturbation. Also, classical trackers exercise a drastic response to the eventual detection of clutter within the track gate--they coast, totally ignoring current position measurements while propagating an old target rate. If the target accelerates during coast, loss of lock is very likely. We present an algorithm for detecting and tracking clutter objects in the tracked scene and modifying the loop gains in the primary target tracker. This method rejects breaklock due to clutter interference while remaining responsive to target maneuvers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2221, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII, (5 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178938
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Larisa Stephan, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Gillian K. Groves, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2221:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum; Morris M. Birnbaum; George E. Sevaston, Editor(s)

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