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Multisensor system for mine detection
Author(s): Ray Garriott; David A. Lang; James T. Nilles; Gary L. Vance; Kelly D. Sherbondy
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a vehicular mine detection system which automatically detects and marks buried land mines using very recent breakthroughs in mine detection technology. It combines proven detection technologies to realize a near 100% probability of detection for anti-tank mines. The detection system utilizes information from forward looking thermal and imaging system with downward looking radar and inductive pulse metal detection to sense the presence of buried or obscured land mines. Detection subsystems include: a sensor module, system processor, geographic location module and a real-time mine marking system. It also contains a registration process module which brings all selected targets, either in pixel space or sensor array position, to common platform coordinates, which in turn, are referenced to earth coordinates through GPS tracking of the platform. This registration process is extremely important, especially when integrating IR images from cameras whose positions are in non- nadir orientations. The detection system output provides geographic location of target mines, depth information, approximate mine shape and size, a natural scene image with graphically annotated mine locations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2765, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241228
Show Author Affiliations
Ray Garriott, GDE Systems, Inc. (United States)
David A. Lang, GDE Systems, Inc. (United States)
James T. Nilles, GDE Systems, Inc. (United States)
Gary L. Vance, GDE Systems, Inc. (United States)
Kelly D. Sherbondy, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (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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