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Target recognition and tracking in an infrared system
Author(s): Harry Charles Lee; Teresa L. P. Olson; Robert Stanfill
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Paper Abstract

In order to demonstrate lock-on-after-launch (LOAL) capability, imaging infrared missile systems of the future require the ability to autonomously identify and track targets of interest. A robust algorithm architecture must have the flexibility to accommodate the fluid system requirements that drive its design. This paper describes a method to autonomously acquire and track an extended range target through its entire flight scenario. A proven automatic target recognition (ATR) approach is used to detect and identify targets of interest, separating them into non-targets and clutter. The methodology uses a down selection strategy to nominate targets for terminal track. Once nominated, a Weighted Edge Tracker (WET) is employed. The tracker relies upon correlations of appropriately weighted edge directions from frame-to-frame images and reference templates. This combination of automatic target recognition and terminal tracking provides a sophisticated yet simple approach to many challenging long range tracking problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4365, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XV, (21 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438036
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Harry Charles Lee, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (United States)
Teresa L. P. Olson, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (United States)
Robert Stanfill, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4365:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XV
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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