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A Two-Dimensional Near-Infrared Tracking System
Author(s): Phillip C. Lipoma; Donald P. Walton
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Paper Abstract

A solution is presented to one of the problems hampering the development of video track-ing systems - that of discriminating a target in space when the Earth is in the background. The visual tracking system that is described uses the near infrared (IR) to take advantage of differences in spectral reflectance between the target and Earth in the background to enhance amplitude differences, simplifying the detection process. The real-time visual tracking system operates under microprocessor control and is light weight, adaptive, and low power. This paper describes the sensing hardware, tracking hardware, and system operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1985
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0579, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision IV, (11 December 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.950790
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Phillip C. Lipoma, Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Company , Inc. (United States)
Donald P. Walton, Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Company , Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0579:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision IV
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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