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Foliage penetration data collections and investigations utilizing the P-3 UWB SAR
Author(s): Michael F. Toups; Loretta A. Bessette; Bradley T. Binder
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Paper Abstract

To quantify the agility of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system using an automatic target recognition (ATR) system to detect targets obscured by foliage, an ultra-wideband, UHF- band, polarimetric SAR was constructed by ERIM under ARPA funding and installed on a Navy P-3 aircraft controlled by the Naval Air Warfare Center. The system was implemented as an upgrade to the existing X-, L-, and C-band SAR system already on this aircraft. A series of experiments funded by ARPA and Wright Laboratory were undertaken in 1995 to investigate foliage penetration (FOPEN). In this paper, the data and ground truth collected and their utility for investigations of FOPEN phenomenology and ATR algorithms will be presented. These data are being placed into a database for distribution to ATR algorithm developers. The characteristics of the P-3 UWB SAR will be discussed. The image formation technique used will be presented, along with the RFI suppression techniques used. Of particular interest will be the technique used for the required motion compensation. Results from recent investigations using the P-3 UWB SAR data will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2757, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery III, (10 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242030
Show Author Affiliations
Michael F. Toups, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Loretta A. Bessette, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Bradley T. Binder, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2757:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery III
Edmund G. Zelnio; Robert J. Douglass, Editor(s)

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