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Flight test capabilities for real-time multiple target detection and tracking for airborne surveillance and maritime domain awareness
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Paper Abstract

Recent flight tests of the Airborne Reconfigurable Imaging System (ARIS) developed by BAE Systems have demonstrated several key capabilities for day-night multiple target detection and tracking of maritime surface vessels. The flight test system includes the integration of BAE Systems-developed real-time image processing algorithms with multispectral band electro-optical (EO) (RGB)/mid-wave infrared (MWIR) sensors and a COTS turreted system. Presented here are significant flight test results that demonstrate real-time multispectral sensor image co-registration, geo-registration, fusion, target detection and tracking. High performance geo-pointing and line-of-sight stabilization capabilities enable the airborne system to provide maritime domain awareness objectives for search and rescue, persistent surveillance of moving and stationary targets, contraband traffic control through detection and tracking of concealed vessels, and autonomous tracking of both moving and stationary vessels. Solar glint and cloud coverage false alarms are minimized while multiple target detections and tracks are maintained. The fundamental real-time processing methodologies used for ARIS are applied to a COTS multiple field of view system with high-resolution RGB and mid-wave infrared (MWIR) video rate imaging. The techniques discussed for this four spectral band system can be applied to both extended multispectral systems (greater than four spectral bands) and hyperspectral systems to further enhance system capabilities for analogous terrestrial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6945, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security IV, 69450Z (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.785287
Show Author Affiliations
Brian A. Gorin, BAE Systems (United States)
Allen Waxman, BAE Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6945:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security IV
Craig S. Halvorson; Daniel Lehrfeld; Theodore T. Saito, Editor(s)

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