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Smart munition thermal sensor model for evaluating effects of terrain and environment
Author(s): Randy K. Scoggins; Harold D. Mixon; Bruce M. Sabol
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Paper Abstract

Current engineering-level smart munition sensor models emphasize sensor/target interactions with detection and aim-point information being the principal outputs. Background is not treated with the same fidelity. False alarm rate is based on captive flight statistics and is not actually simulated. The lack of a means to evaluate effects of background in an end-to-end simulation mode motivated the development of the WES Smart Munition Thermal Sensor Model. The model consists of a generic set of algorithms used to simulate platform dynamics, scanning geometry, and infrared sensor optics and electronics. Thermal target models of a vehicle developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute are instantiated into a background scene consisting of calibrated thermal imagery. Parameters are set to reflect the flight dynamics, scanning, optics and electronics of a specified munition, and the output voltage is processed though an appended target acquisition algorithm. A hypothetical smart munition with a thermal sensor (simple flying spot detector) is configured and flown over high-resolution thermal imagery obtained from selected locations to demonstrate effects of varied terrain and environmental conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1311, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21831
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Randy K. Scoggins, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (United States)
Harold D. Mixon, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (United States)
Bruce M. Sabol, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1311:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes
Milton J. Triplett; Wendell R. Watkins; Ferdinand H. Zegel, Editor(s)

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