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Simulation of parafoil reconnaissance imagery
Author(s): Kent J. Kogler; Linas Sutkus; Douglas Troast; Paul Kisatsky; Alain Mozart Charles
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Paper Abstract

Reconnaissance from unmanned platforms is currently of interest to DoD and civil sectors concerned with drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Platforms employed vary from motorized aircraft to tethered balloons. One appraoch currently under evaluation deploys a TV camera suspended from a parafoil delivered to the area of interest by a cannon launched projectile. Imagery is then transmitted to a remote monitor for processing and interpretation. This paper presents results of imagery obtained from simulated parafoil flights in which software techniques were developed to process-in image degradation caused by atmospheric obscurants and perturbations in the normal parafoil flight trajectory induced by wind gusts. The approach to capturing continuous motion imagery from captive flight test recordings, the introduction of simulated effects, and the transfer of the processed imagery back to video tape is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2622, Optical Engineering Midwest '95, (18 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.216855
Show Author Affiliations
Kent J. Kogler, IIT Research Institute (United States)
Linas Sutkus, IIT Research Institute (United States)
Douglas Troast, U.S. Army ARDEC (United States)
Paul Kisatsky, U.S. Army ARDEC (United States)
Alain Mozart Charles, U.S. Army ARDEC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2622:
Optical Engineering Midwest '95
Rudolph P. Guzik, Editor(s)

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