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Progress toward a video-rate, passive millimeter-wave imager for brownout mitigation
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Paper Abstract

Currently, brownout is the single largest contributor to military rotary-wing losses. Millimeter-wave radiation penetrates these dust clouds effectively, thus millimeter-wave imaging could provide pilots with valuable situational awareness during hover, takeoff, and landing operations. Herein, we detail efforts towards a passive, video-rate imager for use as a brownout mitigation tool. The imager presented herein uses a distributed-aperture, optically-upconverted architecture that provides real-time, video-rate imagery with minimal size and weight. Specifically, we detail phenomenology measurements in brownout environments, show developments in enabling component technologies, and present results from a 30-element aperiodic array imager that has recently been fabricated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8022, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIV, 802203 (26 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884164
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel G. Mackrides, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Christopher A. Schuetz, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Richard D. Martin, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Thomas E. Dillon, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Peng Yao, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Dennis W. Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8022:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIV
David A. Wikner; Arttu R. Luukanen, Editor(s)

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