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High-frequency imaging radar for robotic navigation and situational awareness
Author(s): David J. Thomas; Changan Luo; Robert Knox
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Paper Abstract

With increasingly available high frequency radar components, the practicality of imaging radar for mobile robotic applications is now practical. Navigation, ODOA, situational awareness and safety applications can be supported in small light weight packaging. Radar has the additional advantage of being able sense through aerosols, smoke and dust that can be difficult for many optical systems. The ability to directly measure the range rate of an object is also an advantage in radar applications. This paper will explore the applicability of high frequency imaging radar for mobile robotics and examine a W-band 360 degree imaging radar prototype. Indoor and outdoor performance data will be analyzed and evaluated for applicability to navigation and situational awareness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8045, Unmanned Systems Technology XIII, 804506 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.885199
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Thomas, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (United States)
Changan Luo, Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corp. (United States)
Robert Knox, Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8045:
Unmanned Systems Technology XIII
Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Robert E. Karlsen; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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