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Multisensor 3D tracking for counter small unmanned air vehicles (CSUAV)
Author(s): Juan R. Vasquez; Kyle M. Tarplee; Ellen E. Case; Anne M. Zelnio; Brian D. Rigling
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Paper Abstract

A variety of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have been developed for both military and civilian use. The typical large UAV is typically state owned, whereas small UAVs (SUAVs) may be in the form of remote controlled aircraft that are widely available. The potential threat of these SUAVs to both the military and civilian populace has led to research efforts to counter these assets via track, ID, and attack. Difficulties arise from the small size and low radar cross section when attempting to detect and track these targets with a single sensor such as radar or video cameras. In addition, clutter objects make accurate ID difficult without very high resolution data, leading to the use of an acoustic array to support this function. This paper presents a multi-sensor architecture that exploits sensor modes including EO/IR cameras, an acoustic array, and future inclusion of a radar. A sensor resource management concept is presented along with preliminary results from three of the sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6971, Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXII, 697107 (24 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.785531
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Juan R. Vasquez, Numerica Corp. (United States)
Kyle M. Tarplee, Numerica Corp. (United States)
Ellen E. Case, Wright State Univ. (United States)
Anne M. Zelnio, Wright State Univ. (United States)
Brian D. Rigling, Wright State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6971:
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXII
Steven L. Chodos; William E. Thompson, Editor(s)

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