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Optimizing resolution efficiency for long-range EOIR multispectral imaging sensors
Author(s): S. Craig Olson; Timothy D. Goodman; Andrew W. Sparks; Craig S. Wheeler
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Paper Abstract

As airborne EOIR imaging systems strive to achieve high-NIIRS full motion video (FMV) from longer and longer standoff ranges, the challenges behind conceptualizing, designing, and fielding such systems grows significantly. We present a heuristic framework for dissecting the "goodness" of an FMV multispectral sensor and look at the various components behind what makes a high-resolution sensor. Combining spatial, temporal, spectral, and "signal" resolution with system footprint size/weight/power (SWaP) metrics allows deterministic tradeoffs between optical systems as well as system architectures. We present example trade studies of optical architectures from disparate application fields in various SWaP-constrained environments for long-range imaging and evaluating how system parameters are intrinsically linked.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9846, Long-Range Imaging, 98460F (18 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224301
Show Author Affiliations
S. Craig Olson, L-3 Communications (United States)
Timothy D. Goodman, L-3 Communications (United States)
Andrew W. Sparks, L-3 Communications (United States)
Craig S. Wheeler, L-3 Communications (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9846:
Long-Range Imaging
Eric J. Kelmelis, Editor(s)

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