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Development of a real-time neural network estimator to improve defense capabilities of HEO satellites
Author(s): Samuel Lightstone; Moshe Fink; Fred Moshary; Barry Gross
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Paper Abstract

The need to observe thermal targets from space is crucial for monitoring both natural events and hostile threats1. Satellite design must balance high spatial resolution with high sensitivity and multiple spectral channels2. Defense satellites ultimately choose high sensitivity with a small number of spectral channels. This limitation makes atmospheric contamination due to water vapor a significant problem that cannot be determined from the satellite itself. Using a neural network (NN) approach in conjunction with real time measurements or model predictions of sounding data, we show that an accurate estimation of band radiation and band transmission can be computed in near real time. To demonstrate accuracy, we compare the neural network outputs to both model atmospheres as well as the Modis data for a suitable water vapor band.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9828, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII, 98280G (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2220073
Show Author Affiliations
Samuel Lightstone, The City College of New York (United States)
Moshe Fink, The City College of New York (United States)
Fred Moshary, The City College of New York (United States)
Barry Gross, The City College of New York (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9828:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII
Daniel J. Henry; Gregory J. Gosian; Davis A. Lange; Dale Linne von Berg; Thomas J. Walls; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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