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Low-cost inflatable lighter-than-air remote surveillance system
Author(s): Jason S. Kiddy; John B. Niemczuk; Peter C. Chen
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Paper Abstract

As the size, weight, and cost of miniature electronics have continued to decrease, the feasibility of developing portable, low-cost, unmanned surveillance systems has increased tremendously in recent years. Today, manufacturers are developing small, unmanned surveillance aircraft for both military and civilian applications. However, many military, paramilitary, and civilian applications require the surveillance platform to remain stationary over a given area for extended periods. Furthermore, most current unmanned surveillance aircraft are too large to be carried by the operators in the field and require special support equipment. This paper describes the preliminary design and analysis of a lighter-than-air vehicle based surveillance system that is lightweight, portable, and will allow extended station keeping over a desired position. This new system can be applied to military surveillance and reconnaissance, border patrol/law enforcement, search and rescue, surveying, and photographic mapping.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417538
Show Author Affiliations
Jason S. Kiddy, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
John B. Niemczuk, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Peter C. Chen, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4232:
Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security
Simon K. Bramble; Lenny I. Rudin; Simon K. Bramble; Edward M. Carapezza; Lenny I. Rudin, Editor(s)

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