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The FESTER field trial
Author(s): Alexander M. J. van Eijk; Willie H. Gunter; Faith J. February; Benita Maritz; George Vrahimis; Mokete S. Koago; Carl Wainman; Christian Eisele; Dirk Seiffer; Erik Sucher; Karin Stein; Miranda van Iersel; Leo H. Cohen; Sven A. Van Binsbergen; H. J. M. (Eric) Heemskerk; A. Sternberg; H. Schulte; Arthur D. van Rheenen; Erik Brenthagen; Jan B. Thomassen; D. Griffith
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Paper Abstract

An overview is given of the First European – South African Transmission ExpeRiment (FESTER), which took place in South Africa, over the False Bay area, centered around Simon’s Town. The experiment lasted from April 2015 through February 2016 and involved continuous observations as well as periodic observations that took place during four Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) of 2 weeks each, which were spread over the year. The continuous observations aimed at a characterization of the electro-optical propagation environment, and included standard meteorology, aerosol, refraction and turbulence measurements. The periodic observations aimed at assessing the performance of electro-optical sensors in VIS / SWIR / MWIR and LWIR wavebands by following a boat sailing outbound and inbound tracks. In addition, dynamic aspects of electro-optical signatures, i.e., the changes induced by variations in the environment and/or target orientation, were studied. The present paper provides an overview of the trial, and presents a few first results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9979, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans V, 99790Q (19 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240642
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Alexander M. J. van Eijk, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Willie H. Gunter, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Faith J. February, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Benita Maritz, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
George Vrahimis, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Mokete S. Koago, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Carl Wainman, Institute of Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Christian Eisele, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Dirk Seiffer, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Erik Sucher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Karin Stein, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Miranda van Iersel, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Leo H. Cohen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Sven A. Van Binsbergen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
H. J. M. (Eric) Heemskerk, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
A. Sternberg, Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition (Germany)
H. Schulte, Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition (Germany)
Arthur D. van Rheenen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Erik Brenthagen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Jan B. Thomassen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
D. Griffith, South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9979:
Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans V
Alexander M. J. van Eijk; Christopher C. Davis; Stephen M. Hammel, Editor(s)

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