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Classification of stationary movers with simplified MTI tracking
Author(s): David B. Brown
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Paper Abstract

Todays landscape is populated with many significant man-made structures which have moving parts, but do not move themselves. This type of element is termed a stationary mover. A relevant example of this type of element is a rotating antenna of a ground-based search radar. As an airborne platform equipped with moving-target indication (MTI) radar sweeps the ground, the motion of the moving parts is detected and reported by position and range rate. Even though these elements appear to be moving, the reported location remains unchanged from sweep to sweep. The algorithm described int his paper successfully detects stationary movers by first finding MTI tracks which do not move over time. These tracks are then interrogated to determine if the range rate history is consistent with that of a rotating object. Those determined to be rotators are reported along with a likelihood of correct classification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2759, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1996, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241188
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David B. Brown, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2759:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1996
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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