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High performance adaptive tracking system: HPATS
Author(s): James Downs; Randy Cannon; Markus Segewitz; Larry Stockum
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Paper Abstract

A high performance tracking system that adaptively adjusts the tracker algorithms and track loop parameters based on real-time scene statistics has been developed and demonstrated against realistic target scenarios. The HPATS provides the capability to acquire and track very low contrast targets in the presence of background clutter and time-vaying target conditions to sub-pixel accuracy. HPATS is applicable to both fire control and terminal guidance applications that incorporate imaging sensors. An overview of the tracking system design, simulation modeling, tracker metrics tools, and field test examples of low contrast target tracking performance is presented. The HPATS technology development included a high fidelity Integrated Flight Simulation (IFS) that modeled the end to end performance of the missile fly out, the target acquisition, the target tracking, aim-point selection, terminal guidance, and lethality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5810, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIX, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608999
Show Author Affiliations
James Downs, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Randy Cannon, Army Research & Development Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Markus Segewitz, Army Research & Development Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Larry Stockum, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5810:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIX
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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