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Integration of Irma tactical scene generator into directed-energy weapon system simulation
Author(s): Monte A. Owens; Madison B. Cole; Mark R. Laine
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Paper Abstract

Integrated high-fidelity physics-based simulations that include engagement models, image generation, electro-optical hardware models and control system algorithms have previously been developed by Boeing-SVS for various tracking and pointing systems. These simulations, however, had always used images with featureless or random backgrounds and simple target geometries. With the requirement to engage tactical ground targets in the presence of cluttered backgrounds, a new type of scene generation tool was required to fully evaluate system performance in this challenging environment. To answer this need, Irma was integrated into the existing suite of Boeing-SVS simulation tools, allowing scene generation capabilities with unprecedented realism. Irma is a US Air Force research tool used for high-resolution rendering and prediction of target and background signatures. The MATLAB/Simulink-based simulation achieves closed-loop tracking by running track algorithms on the Irma-generated images, processing the track errors through optical control algorithms, and moving simulated electro-optical elements. The geometry of these elements determines the sensor orientation with respect to the Irma database containing the three-dimensional background and target models. This orientation is dynamically passed to Irma through a Simulink S-function to generate the next image. This integrated simulation provides a test-bed for development and evaluation of tracking and control algorithms against representative images including complex background environments and realistic targets calibrated using field measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5097, Geo-Spatial and Temporal Image and Data Exploitation III, (14 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484855
Show Author Affiliations
Monte A. Owens, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Madison B. Cole, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Mark R. Laine, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5097:
Geo-Spatial and Temporal Image and Data Exploitation III
Nickolas L. Faust; William E. Roper, Editor(s)

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