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Mapping and reconnaissance imager, night-enhanced, for sensing of contaminants, oil, and unseen threats (MARINE SCOUT)
Author(s): Scot Myhr; George Ax; John Gill; Lance LeClair; Evan Sippel; Mark Walters; Toomas H. Allik; Roberta E. Dixon
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Paper Abstract

MARINE SCOUT is a compact, lightweight, Puma and other small UAS (SUAS) compatible, multi-spectral airborne sensor payload designed to sense and discriminate oil on water (e.g., maritime oil spills), and enable via post-processing the measurement of oil thickness in marine environments. The payload includes near-infrared (NIR), short-wavelength infrared (SWIR), and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) sensor channels that enable the detection of oil and its byproducts, the rejection of vegetative clutter, and the discrimination of thick crude oils. The stabilized airborne payload hosting the sensors compensates aircraft roll, yaw, and forward motion – the latter using a novel, enabling forward motion compensation (FMC) technology. The airborne payload’s capabilities, combined with a ground station exploitation and human interface computer, support ocean mapping and scene interrogation, producing high-fidelity, mosaiced, geo-rectified, multi-spectral image stacks along with full motion video for use by oil spill responders.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10631, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring X, 106310G (25 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2303963
Show Author Affiliations
Scot Myhr, Manufacturing Techniques, Inc. (United States)
George Ax, Manufacturing Techniques, Inc. (United States)
John Gill, Manufacturing Techniques, Inc. (United States)
Lance LeClair, Manufacturing Techniques, Inc. (United States)
Evan Sippel, Manufacturing Techniques, Inc. (United States)
Mark Walters, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Toomas H. Allik, Active EO Inc. (United States)
Roberta E. Dixon, CACI International Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10631:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring X
Weilin "Will" Hou; Robert A. Arnone, Editor(s)

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