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Polarimetric target detection techniques and results from the Goddard Space Flight Center Search and Rescue Synthetic Aperature Radar (SAR2) program
Author(s): Christopher R. Jackson; Houra Rais; Arthur W. Mansfield
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Paper Abstract

Over the SAR2 programs seven year history, a great deal of original research has been done in the area of automatic target detection for identifying aircraft crash site locations in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. The efforts have focused on using the polarimetric properties of the radar signal to both improve image quality and distinguish the crash sits from the natural background. A crash sites polarimetric 'signature' is expected to be present even in the absence of a strong intensity return. Several of these advanced methods are summarized and a methodology for their application described. Several detection results are presented using data from the NASA/JPL AirSAR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3371, Automatic Target Recognition VIII, (18 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323836
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher R. Jackson, User Systems, Inc. (United States)
Houra Rais, Boeing Corp. (United States)
Arthur W. Mansfield, Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3371:
Automatic Target Recognition VIII
Firooz A. Sadjadi, Editor(s)

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