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Graphic Methods For Analytic And Experimental Analysis Of Signature Models For Optical Sensor Discrimination
Author(s): Larry C. Atha; Mick L. Blackledge; Fred E. Robbins
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Paper Abstract

A comprehensive Discrimination Flow Field and Sensor Simulation model has been prepared for the Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center (BMDATC). This model is composed of software packages assembled from in-depth developmental efforts throughout the ballistic missile defense community. The objectives of the model (or set of models) include the capability to predict radar, optical, and laser signatures of threat objects and their plumes or wakes in the flight regimes of low altitude boost, high altitude boost, orbital midcourse, and reentry. The user-oriented model allows instant system studies to be made while the vast amounts of data, required for the production of discrimination signatures, are manipulated by the BMDATC Advanced Research Center's (ARC's) CDC 7600 computer. Visual impact leading to understanding of the underlying phenomenon of the physical system is immediate as spectacular interactive color displays of the system are presented. This paper details the background of the study and gives results for the optical discrimination problem area. An outline is also presented indicating the techniques employed to calculate line-of-sight radiance levels in a high altitude rocket plume.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0134, Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation, (11 September 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956087
Show Author Affiliations
Larry C. Atha, Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center (United States)
Mick L. Blackledge, System Development Corporation (United States)
Fred E. Robbins, System Development Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0134:
Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation
Walter J. Carrion; Jed E. Durrenberger; Richard K. Petersen; John Cornell, Editor(s)

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