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Photon-counting ladar in support of disaster relief (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Alexandru N. Vasile; Luke Skelly; Brendan Edwards; Lin Stowe; M. Jalal Khan

Paper Abstract

A 3D imaging pulsed LADAR with Geiger mode APD array was assembled, flight-tested and deployed in response to a FEMA request for data collection and debris estimation analysis to support the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in TX. Here we report on the rapid response and application of this Geiger Mode APD system to collect high area coverage rate data for geo-mapping and debris volume estimation. MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Airborne Optical Systems Testbed (AOSTB) hosted on a DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft was flown to collect LADAR imagery of Houston TX area inundated with over 50 inches of rainfall in 4 days and the Port Arthur coastal vicinity that weathered Harvey's initial landfall. This testbed, which serves to advance the Laboratory's effort to develop EO Sensor architectures, along with the actions of a large dedicated team demonstrated the usefulness of this sensor modality for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2019
Proc. SPIE 10978, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques XIII, 1097806 (14 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520629
Show Author Affiliations
Alexandru N. Vasile, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Luke Skelly, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Brendan Edwards, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Lin Stowe, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
M. Jalal Khan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10978:
Advanced Photon Counting Techniques XIII
Mark A. Itzler; Joshua C. Bienfang; K. Alex McIntosh, Editor(s)

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