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Passive millimeter-wave imaging device for naval special warfare
Author(s): Frank Downs; Jody L. Wood-Putnam; Bradley T. Blume; Roger M. Smith
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Navy Coastal Systems Station (CSS) is currently executing a program to develop a small, lightweight, low power passive millimeter wave imager. The end user will be Naval Special Operations Forces (SOF). The program began by conducting a feasibility assessment of the potential Passive Millimeter Wave (PMMW) technology that would meet the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) mission requirements. A performance analysis was conducted to compare the capabilities of the various PMMW imager technologies. Finally, a technology development road map is under development, which will include all recommendations for hardware development and image processing. Other DoD and industrial programs are being monitored for leveraging potential to insure the imager program will use the latest technology available. As a result of a technology survey, CSS decided to leverage their development funds with Eglin Air Force Base to develop an antenna-coupled microbolometer. This paper will discuss the program plans, and the potential applications of PMMW technology to Naval Special Warfare.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3378, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology II, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319401
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Downs, Naval Coastal Systems Station (United States)
Jody L. Wood-Putnam, Naval Coastal Systems Station (United States)
Bradley T. Blume, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Roger M. Smith, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3378:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology II
Roger M. Smith, Editor(s)

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