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Visualization of ground target designation from an unmanned aerial vehicle
Author(s): Deborah J. Violette Pierce; John J. Santapietro
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Paper Abstract

The common ground station (CGS) receives data from the joint surveillance and target attack radar system aircraft and from other airborne platforms. High-resolution imagery such as that provided by an unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) carrying an IR and/or synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensor will be incorporated into an advanced imagery CGS operation. While this level of integration provides a wealth of valuable information, it also increase the complexity of planning, assessment and exploitation which in turn dictates flexible simulation tools for mission rehearsal and operator training. MITRE has developed a ModSAF-driven model for a UAV equipped with a moving target indicator (MTI) radar for wide-area surveillance, and a battlefield combat identification system for positive identification of friendly forces. The imaging functions are performed by integrating the UAV model with visualization software in order to render the sensor's view in real-time. This model forms the basis for a multisensor CGS simulation controls imaging task assignments which taken place when an MTI track is selected for imaging by means of a mouse click entry on an active MTI display. At that time, the UAV is commanded to fly an automatically determined trajectory in order to align MTI display. At that time, the UAV is commanded to fly an automatically determined trajectory in order to align itself for the imaging task. A beam footprint whose position, size and shape is determined by the sensor position, attitude, and field-of-view appears on the display as an indication of the relationship of the image display to the terrain in the operational scenario. A 3D visualization of the designated target area then takes place on a separate display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3395, Radar Sensor Technology III, (26 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319436
Show Author Affiliations
Deborah J. Violette Pierce, MITRE Corp. (United States)
John J. Santapietro, MITRE Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3395:
Radar Sensor Technology III
Robert Trebits; James L. Kurtz, Editor(s)

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