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Generation and assessment of turntable SAR data for the support of ATR development
Author(s): Marvin N. Cohen; Gregory A. Showman; K. James Sangston; Vincent B. Sylvester; Lamar Gostin; C. Ruby Scheer
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Paper Abstract

Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging on a turntable-tower test range permits convenient generation of high resolution two-dimensional images of radar targets under controlled conditions for testing SAR image processing and for supporting automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithm development. However, turntable ISAR images are often obtained under near-field geometries and hence may suffer geometric distortions not present in airborne SAR images. In this paper, turntable data collected at Georgia Tech's Electromagnetic Test Facility are used to begin to assess the utility of two- dimensional ISAR imaging algorithms in forming images to support ATR development. The imaging algorithms considered include a simple 2D discrete Fourier transform (DFT), a 2-D DFT with geometric correction based on image domain resampling, and a computationally-intensive geometric matched filter solution. Images formed with the various algorithms are used to develop ATR templates, which are then compared with an eye toward utilization in an ATR algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3462, Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications III, (14 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326759
Show Author Affiliations
Marvin N. Cohen, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Gregory A. Showman, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
K. James Sangston, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Vincent B. Sylvester, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Lamar Gostin, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
C. Ruby Scheer, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3462:
Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications III
William J. Miceli, Editor(s)

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