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Imaging sensor systems for air to ground surveillance
Author(s): Bruce A. Weber; Joseph A. Penn
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Paper Abstract

Automated aerial surveillance and detection of hostile ground events, and the tracking of the perpetrators have become of critical importance in the prevention and control of insurgent uprisings and the global war on terror. Yet a basic understanding of the limitations of sensor system coverage as a function of aerial platform position and attitude is often unavailable to program managers and system administrators. In an effort to better understand this problem we present some of the design tradeoffs for two applications: 1) a 360° viewing focal-plane array sensor system modeled for low altitude aerostat applications, and 2) a fixed diameter area of constant surveillance modeled for high altitude fixed wing aircraft applications. Ground coverage requirement tradeoffs include the number of sensors, sensor footprint geometry, footprint coverage variability as a function of platform position and attitude, and ground surface modeling. Event location specification includes latitude, longitude, altitude for the pixel centroid and corners, and line-of-sight centroid range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6209, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications III, 62090K (5 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673122
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce A. Weber, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Joseph A. Penn, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6209:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications III
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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