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Prototype airborne search and rescue system
Author(s): Ryland Dreibelbis; Wayne A. Hembree; David W. Affens
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Paper Abstract

Aircraft sometime crash in forested areas without leaving an easily detectable entry point or other indication that a crash has occurred. The wreckage can be completely obscured by overhead vegetation, which makes locating efforts, by air and ground search teams nearly impossible. In addition, there are many times, for many reasons, that emergency beacons fail to operate after a crash has occurred. For these cases, NASA has been experimenting with airborne synthetic aperture radar to provide a search tool to help focus the visual searches that are initiated after an aircraft is reported missing. This paper reviews a proposed operational scenario and the elements of a prototype airborne system that could be brought into use for finding crashed aircraft obscured from view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 August 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4050, Automatic Target Recognition X, (17 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395558
Show Author Affiliations
Ryland Dreibelbis, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Wayne A. Hembree, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David W. Affens, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4050:
Automatic Target Recognition X
Firooz A. Sadjadi, Editor(s)

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