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Using unmanned aerial vehicle-borne magnetic sensors to detect and locate improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance
Author(s): Hoke S. Trammell; Alexander R. Perry; Sankaran Kumar; Peter V. Czipott; Brian R. Whitecotton; Tobin J. McManus; David O. Walsh
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Paper Abstract

Magnetic sensors configured as a tensor magnetic gradiometer not only detect magnetic targets, but also determine their location and their magnetic moment. Magnetic moment information can be used to characterize and classify objects. Unexploded ordnance (UXO) and thus many types of improvised explosive device (IED) contain steel, and thus can be detected magnetically. Suitable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms, both gliders and powered craft, can enable coverage of a search area much more rapidly than surveys using, for instance, total-field magnetometers. We present data from gradiometer passes over different shells using a gradiometer mounted on a moving cart. We also provide detection range and speed estimates for aerial detection by a UAV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5778, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV, (20 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604196
Show Author Affiliations
Hoke S. Trammell, GE Infrastructures (United States)
Alexander R. Perry, GE Infrastructures (United States)
Sankaran Kumar, GE Infrastructures (United States)
Peter V. Czipott, GE Infrastructures (United States)
Brian R. Whitecotton, GE Infrastructures (United States)
Tobin J. McManus, GE Infrastructures (United States)
David O. Walsh, Vista Clara, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5778:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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