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Advanced modular tracker: a real-time video tracker
Author(s): Philip D. Hill; Thomas R. Walsh
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the Advanced Modulator Tracker (AMT), a real-time video tracker capable of tracking targets such as boosting rockets and satellites. The AMT has been developed as an in-house project by the USAF Phillips Lab for Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing (ATP) experiments, and is based on Datacube's parallel-piped Image Processing hardware and Imageflow software. The current version of the AMT uses Datacube's MaxVideo-20, MaxScan, and Max860 boards. The AMT is capable of performing centroid, edge and correlation tracking on two separate video inputs simultaneously, with real-time video switching of input images, real-time histogram computation and preprocessing of input images. The AMT has the ability to automatically acquire the target under track, adjust its threshold and adjust its gate size. The AMT can be used for any ground, air, or space-based video tracking applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1950, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VII, (1 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156598
Show Author Affiliations
Philip D. Hill, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Thomas R. Walsh, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1950:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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