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A high performance imagery system for unattended ground sensor tactical deployments
Author(s): David C. Hartup; Kevin Bobier; Brian A. Marks; William J. Dirr; Richard Salisbury; Alistair Brown; Bruce Cairnduff
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Paper Abstract

Modern Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) systems require transmission of high quality imagery to a remote location while meeting severe operational constraints such as extended mission life using battery operation. This paper describes a robust imagery system that provides excellent performance for both long range and short range stand-off scenarios. The imaging devices include a joint EO and IR solution that features low power consumption, quick turn-on time, high resolution images, advanced AGC and exposure control algorithms, digital zoom, and compact packaging. Intelligent camera operation is provided by the System Controller, which allows fusion of multiple sensor inputs and intelligent target recognition. The System Controller's communications package is interoperable with all SEIWG-005 compliant sensors. Image transmission is provided via VHF, UHF, or SATCOM links. The system has undergone testing at Yuma Proving Ground and Ft. Huachuca, as well as extensive company testing. Results from these field tests are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6231, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications VIII, 623117 (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668287
Show Author Affiliations
David C. Hartup, Nova Engineering (United States)
Kevin Bobier, Nova Engineering (United States)
Brian A. Marks, Nova Engineering (United States)
William J. Dirr, Nova Engineering (United States)
Richard Salisbury, Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Alistair Brown, Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Bruce Cairnduff, Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6231:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications VIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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