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FireMapper 2.0: a multispectral uncooled infrared imaging system for airborne wildfire mapping and remote sensing
Author(s): James W. Hoffman; Philip J. Riggan; Stephanie A. Griffin; Ronald C. Grush; William H. Grush; James Pena
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Paper Abstract

FireMapper®2.0 is a second-generation airborne system developed specifically for wildfire mapping and remote sensing. Its design is based on lessons learned from two years of flight-testing of a research FireMapper® system by the Pacific uthwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. The new, operational design features greater coverage and improved performance with a rugged sensor that is less than one third the size and weight of the original research sensor. The sensor obtains thermal infrared images in two narrow spectral bands and one wide spectral band with the use of a single uncooled microbolometer detector array. The dynamic range of the sensor is designed to accurately measure scene temperatures from normal backgrounds, for remote sensing and disaster management applications, up to flaming fronts without saturating. All three channels are extremely linear and are calibrated in-flight with a highly accurate absolute calibration system. Airborne testing of the research system has led to improved displays and simplified operator interfaces. These features facilitate the operational use of the FireMapper®2.0 system on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with minimal operator inputs. The operating system features custom software to display and zoom in on the images in realtime as they are obtained. Selected images can also be saved and recalled for detailed study. All images are tagged with GPS date, time, latitude, longitude, altitude, and heading and can be recorded on a portable USB hard drive upon operator command. The operating system can also be used to replay previously recorded image sequences. The FireMapper® 2.0 was designed and fabricated by Space Instruments, Inc. as part of a Research Joint Venture with the USDA Forest Service.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5152, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XI, (10 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510113
Show Author Affiliations
James W. Hoffman, Space Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Philip J. Riggan, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service (United States)
Stephanie A. Griffin, Space Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Ronald C. Grush, Space Instruments, Inc. (United States)
William H. Grush, Space Instruments, Inc. (United States)
James Pena, Space Instruments, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5152:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XI
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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