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Real-time target acquisition for the Army's scout mission
Author(s): Philip David
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a robotic unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that performs reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. THis vehicle has been used in a number of tactical training exercises at Fort Hood, TX with US Army scouts from the 1st Armored Cavalry Division. The UGV, built around a high- mobility, multi-purpose, wheeled vehicle, is designed to be supervised by an operator at a control station located 10 km or more away from the UGV. The UGV's real-time automatic target acquisition system uses an infrared sensor to automatically detect and track moving ground vehicles out to a range of 5 km. When commanded by the operator, the UGV will engage a particular target with a laser designator. The ATA system is the topic of this paper. We describe the requirements of the ATA system, the algorithms used, their implementation, and the system's performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2739, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing X, (7 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241927
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Philip David, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2739:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing X
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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