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Aerial video reconnaissance using large sensor arrays (updated June 11, 2008)
Author(s): David B. Pollock; Theodore E. Rogers; Robert O. Klepfer; Patrick J. Reardon; Christopher N. Underwood; Stephen K. Pitalo
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Paper Abstract

The goal of an imaging sensor with nearly constant response, constant image quality, with a focal plane array of pixels whose overlap can be scaled, that can still provide a nearly hemispherical field-of-view has been demonstrated. The topic of this paper is the optical design of just such a sensor. A flow down of these performance constraints to hardware specifications is bounded by information theory, diffraction theory, plus practical matters that constrain the overlap of focal plane arrays. A set of performance goals for a sensor are the ability to observe features ≤25 μr features in size within a 45° scene using >1 G pixels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6538, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI, 65381X (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719706
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David B. Pollock, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Theodore E. Rogers, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Robert O. Klepfer, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Patrick J. Reardon, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Christopher N. Underwood, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Stephen K. Pitalo, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6538:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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