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Automatic image exploitation system for small UAVs
Author(s): N. Heinze; M. Esswein; W. Krüger; G. Saur
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Paper Abstract

For surveillance and reconnaissance tasks small UAVs are of growing importance. These UAVs have an endurance of several hours, but a small payload of about some kilograms. As a consequence lightweight sensors and cameras have to be used without having a mechanical stabilized high precision sensor-platform, which would exceed the payload and cost limitations. An example of such a system is the German UAV Luna with optical and IR sensors on board. For such platforms we developed image exploitation algorithms. The algorithms comprise mosaiking, stabilization, image enhancement, video based moving target indication, and stereo-image generation. Other products are large geo-coded image mosaics, stereo mosaics, and 3-D-model generation. For test and assessment of these algorithms the experimental system ABUL has been developed, in which the algorithms are integrated. The ABUL system is used for tests and assessment by military PIs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6946, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V, 69460G (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782306
Show Author Affiliations
N. Heinze, Fraunhofer IITB (Germany)
M. Esswein, Fraunhofer IITB (Germany)
W. Krüger, Fraunhofer IITB (Germany)
G. Saur, Fraunhofer IITB (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6946:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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