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Prediction and performance measures of atmospheric disturbances on an airborne imaging platform
Author(s): David Charles Dayton; John D. Gonglewski; Jeffrey B. Martin; Mark A. Kovacs; Joseph C. Cardani; Francisco Maia; Tyson Aflalo; Michael L. Shilko
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Paper Abstract

A series of airborne imaging experiments have been conducted on the island of Maui. The imaging platform was a Twin Otter aircraft, which circled ground target sites. The typical platform altitude was 3000 meters, with a slant range to the target of 9000 meters. This experiment was performed during the day using solar illuminated target buildings, and at night with spotlights used to simulate point sources. Imaging system performance predictions were calculated using standard atmospheric turbulence models, and aircraft boundary layer models. Several different measurement approaches were then used to estimate the actual system performance, and make comparisons with the calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5237, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.519710
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David Charles Dayton, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
John D. Gonglewski, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey B. Martin, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Mark A. Kovacs, TEXTRON Systems (United States)
Joseph C. Cardani, TEXTRON Systems (United States)
Francisco Maia, TEXTRON Systems (United States)
Tyson Aflalo, TEXTRON Systems (United States)
Michael L. Shilko, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5237:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI
John D. Gonglewski; Karin Stein, Editor(s)

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