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The civil air patrol ARCHER hyperspectral sensor system
Author(s): Brian Stevenson; Rory O'Connor; William Kendall; Alan Stocker; William Schaff; Rick Holasek; Detlev Even; Drew Alexa; John Salvador; Michael Eismann; Robert Mack; Pat Kee; Steve Harris; Barry Karch; John Kershenstein
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Paper Abstract

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is procuring Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance (ARCHER) systems to increase their search-and-rescue mission capability. These systems are being installed on a fleet of Gippsland GA-8 aircraft, and will position CAP to gain realworld mission experience with the application of hyperspectral sensor and processing technology to search and rescue. The ARCHER system design, data processing, and operational concept leverage several years of investment in hyperspectral technology research and airborne system demonstration programs by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Each ARCHER system consists of a NovaSol-designed, pushbroom, visible/near-infrared (VNIR) hyperspectral imaging (HSI) sensor, a co-boresighted visible panchromatic high-resolution imaging (HRI) sensor, and a CMIGITS-III GPS/INS unit in an integrated sensor assembly mounted inside the GA-8 cabin. ARCHER incorporates an on-board data processing system developed by Space Computer Corporation (SCC) to perform numerous real-time processing functions including data acquisition and recording, raw data correction, target detection, cueing and chipping, precision image geo-registration, and display and dissemination of image products and target cue information. A ground processing station is provided for post-flight data playback and analysis. This paper describes the requirements and architecture of the ARCHER system, including design, components, software, interfaces, and displays. Key sensor performance characteristics and real-time data processing features are discussed in detail. The use of the system for detecting and geo-locating ground targets in real-time is demonstrated using test data collected in Southern California in the fall of 2004.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5787, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications II, (10 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604458
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Stevenson, Space Computer Corp. (United States)
Rory O'Connor, Space Computer Corp. (United States)
William Kendall, Space Computer Corp. (United States)
Alan Stocker, Space Computer Corp. (United States)
William Schaff, Space Computer Corp. (United States)
Rick Holasek, NovaSol Inc. (United States)
Detlev Even, NovaSol Inc. (United States)
Drew Alexa, Civil Air Patrol (United States)
John Salvador, Civil Air Patrol (United States)
Michael Eismann, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Mack, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Pat Kee, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Steve Harris, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Barry Karch, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John Kershenstein, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5787:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications II
Stephan H. Wyatt, Editor(s)

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