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Buried object imaging using a small UAS-based GPR
Author(s): Christopher Roussi; Ismael Xique; Joseph Burns; Benjamin Hart
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Paper Abstract

Ground-based systems for imaging objects at standoff distances usually interrogate the ground region of interest at shallow grazing angles. Thus, only a small amount of the transmitted radar energy propagates into the ground, and an even smaller portion of the target backscattered energy is returned to the sensor, thus limiting detection performance. Mounting a small size, weight and power radar on a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) platform provides a method of interrogating the ground at more favorable angles of incidence with the radar operator being at a safe standoff distance. Reliable detection and/or imaging of a buried object from a sUAS is influenced by several issues related to sensor power, measurement of sensor position and control of the sUAS in the proximity to the ground. We performed a series of measurements of buried objects using a small radar on a tethered sUAS to explore these issues. The experiments and issues encountered will be discussed, and three-dimensional radar imagery of buried objects generated from the measurements will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11012, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV, 110120K (10 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518997
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Roussi, Michigan Tech Research Institute (United States)
Ismael Xique, Michigan Tech Research Institute (United States)
Joseph Burns, Michigan Tech Research Institute (United States)
Benjamin Hart, Michigan Tech Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11012:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV
Steven S. Bishop; Jason C. Isaacs, Editor(s)

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