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Microwave Radiometric Imager Design For Pods And Aircraft
Author(s): R. P. Moore; M. C. Hoover; W. V. Patterson
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Paper Abstract

Microwave radiometers are the only sensors capable of passive, adverse weather, day-night operation. With operating principles similar to infrared (IR) sensors, microwave radiometers can produce imagery superior to that of high resolution radars on an equal resolution basis. They also provide a low cost, small alternative to radar which can give pod systems, remotely piloted vehicles (RPV), and aircraft an adverse weather capability where the size, cost and complexity of a radar system producing the same quality of imagery could not be accommodated. The phenomenology associated with microwave radiometric (MICRAD) imagery provides a different measurement of target characteristics and thus, increased target identification capability when utilized in multisensor systems. However, MICRAD systems of acceptable performance have only recently been developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1976
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0079, Aerial Reconnaissance Systems: Pods/Aircraft I, (8 September 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954812
Show Author Affiliations
R. P. Moore, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
M. C. Hoover, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
W. V. Patterson, Naval Weapons Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0079:
Aerial Reconnaissance Systems: Pods/Aircraft I
Ed Shea, Editor(s)

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