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Fused airborne sensor technology
Author(s): Delbert C. Summey; Gary J. Kekelis
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Paper Abstract

No rapid (airborne) reconnaissance and survey capability exists to detect, localize, and discriminate buried and partially buried unexploded ordnance and ordnance and explosive waste. In the last decade, several factors point to the need for a new approach in site survey and cleanup methodology including an increasing number of areas being surplused by the Department of Defense (DOD), the continual public awareness of the location and status of formerly used defense sites, and the reduction in DOD budgets. The need for a safe, accurate, economical, and time-expedient land survey and detection capability has never been so great. Fused Airborne Sensor Technology (FAST) is derived from a similar proven multi-sensor fusion approach for mine reconnaissance against buried sea mines, the most difficult mines to detect in underwater environments. The FAST concept will use a single helicopter platform for spatial and temporal co-registration and fusion of sensor data. Sensors will include a superconducting magnetic field gradiometer, a two-color infrared camera, ground-penetrating radar, and a visible spectrum camera. The combination of these sensors allows for detection, identification, and localization of a wide spectrum of targets. Multiple `looks' at the target and associated clutter by sensors detecting different physical phenomena will allow lowering individual sensor thresholds to ensure each sensor detects all targets and clutter of interest. Sensor fusion will then be used to reject the clutter. Since sensor characteristic information is derivable through testing for both targets of interest and known clutter, a `fingerprinting' process can be used to pull the targets from the typically clutter-rich background. The FAST concept will be presented with sensor and fusion methodology for application to a wide variety of buried and partially buried targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2765, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241225
Show Author Affiliations
Delbert C. Summey, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Gary J. Kekelis, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2765:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets
Abinash C. Dubey; Robert L. Barnard; Colin J. Lowe; John E. McFee, Editor(s)

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