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Track grouping to enhance moving target exploitation
Author(s): Steven M. Sassman
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Paper Abstract

The Northrop Grumman Track Grouper provides an effective solution to the track grouping problem because it successfully forms track aggregates that decrease display clutter and enhance the battle management picture. The Track Grouper is a formation group tracking algorithm that makes track-to-track comparisons to create and update group membership. The benefits of this approach are conservation of computer resources and preservation of individual target positions. The Track Grouper reduces the adverse effects of measurement mis-correlations and false alarms because it uses estimated tracks instead of noisy sensor measurements. The Track Grouper uses a series of kinematic gates and three primary sub-functions (assign, split, and merge) to determine group membership and maintain group ID, history, and ancestry. The Track Grouper successfully overcomes the challenges of group tracking and provides a key battle management tool that enhances Moving Target Exploitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4048, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2000, (13 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391974
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Steven M. Sassman, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4048:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2000
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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