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Airborne system for testing multispectral reconnaissance technologies
Author(s): Dirk-Roger Schmitt; Heinrich Doergeloh; Heiko Keil; Wilfried Wetjen
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Paper Abstract

There is an increasing demand for future airborne reconnaissance systems to obtain aerial images for tactical or peacekeeping operations. Especially Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with multispectral sensor system and with real time jam resistant data transmission capabilities are of high interest. An airborne experimental platform has been developed as testbed to investigate different concepts of reconnaissance systems before their application in UAVs. It is based on a Dornier DO 228 aircraft, which is used as flying platform. Great care has been taken to achieve the possibility to test different kinds of multispectral sensors. Hence basically it is capable to be equipped with an IR sensor head, high resolution aerial cameras of the whole optical spectrum and radar systems. The onboard equipment further includes system for digital image processing, compression, coding, and storage. The data are RF transmitted to the ground station using technologies with high jam resistance. The images, after merging with enhanced vision components, are delivered to the observer who has an uplink data channel available to control flight and imaging parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352887
Show Author Affiliations
Dirk-Roger Schmitt, DLR (Germany)
Heinrich Doergeloh, DLR (Germany)
Heiko Keil, Orbital- und Hydrotechnologie Bremen System GmbH (Germany)
Wilfried Wetjen, Orbital- und Hydrotechnologie Bremen System GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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