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An affordable modular vehicle radar for landmine and IED detection
Author(s): David Daniels; Paul Curtis; Jon Dittmer; Nigel Hunt; Blair Graham; Robert Allan
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a vehicle mounted 8-channel radar system suitable for buried landmine and IED detection. The system is designed to find Anti Tank (AT) landmines and buried Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The radar uses field-proven ground penetrating radar sub-system modules and is scalable to 16, 32 or 64 channels, for covering greater swathe widths and for providing higher cross track resolution. This offers the capability of detecting smaller targets down to a minimum dimension of 100mm. The current rate of advance of the technology demonstrator is 10 kph; this can be increased to 20 kph where required. The data output is triggered via shaft encoder or via GPS and, for each forward increment; the data output is variable from a single byte per channel through to the 512 samples per channel. Trials using an autonomous vehicle, combined with a COFDM wireless link for data and telemetry back to a base station, have proven successful and the system architecture is described in this paper. The GPR array can be used as a standalone sensor or can be integrated with off-the-shelf software and a metal detection array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7308, Radar Sensor Technology XIII, 73080G (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820174
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David Daniels, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Paul Curtis, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Jon Dittmer, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Nigel Hunt, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Blair Graham, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Robert Allan, ERA Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7308:
Radar Sensor Technology XIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin W. Doerry, Editor(s)

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