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Multi-mission, autonomous, synthetic aperture radar
Author(s): Thomas J. Walls; Michael L. Wilson; David Madsen; Mark Jensen; Stephanie Sullivan; Michael Addario; Iain Hally
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Paper Abstract

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have become a critical asset in current battlespaces and continue to play an increasing role for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. With the development of medium-to-low altitude, rapidly deployable aircraft platforms, the ISR community has seen an increasing push to develop ISR sensors and systems with real-time mission support capabilities. This paper describes recent flight demonstrations and test results of the RASAR (Real-time, Autonomous, Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor system. RASAR is a modular, multi-band (L and X) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging sensor designed for self-contained, autonomous, real-time operation with mission flexibility to support a wide range of ISR needs within the size, weight and power constraints of Group III UASs. The sensor command and control and real-time image formation processing are designed to allow integration of RASAR into a larger, multi-intelligence system of systems. The multi-intelligence architecture and a demonstration of real-time autonomous cross-cueing of a separate optical sensor will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9077, Radar Sensor Technology XVIII, 907706 (29 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053561
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Walls, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael L. Wilson, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
David Madsen, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Mark Jensen, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Stephanie Sullivan, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Michael Addario, SRC Inc. (United States)
Iain Hally, SRC Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9077:
Radar Sensor Technology XVIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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