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HABE real-time image processing
Author(s): Joseph C. Krainak
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Paper Abstract

The HABE system performs real-time autonomous acquisition, pointing and tracking (ATP). The goal of the experiment, sponsored by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and administered by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, is to demonstrate the acquisition, tracking and pointing technologies needed for an effective space-based missile defense system. The three sensor tracking system includes two IR cameras for passive tracking of a missile plume and an intensified visible camera used to capture the return of a high-energy laser pulse reflected by the missile's nose. The HABE real-time image processor uses the images captured by each sensor to find a track point. The VME-based hardware includes four Compaq Computer Corporation Alpha processors and seven Texas Instruments TMS320C4X processors. The C4x comports and the VME bus provide the pathways needed for inter-processor communications. The software design implements a list processing approach to command and control which provides for flexible task redefinition, addition, and deletion while minimizing the need for code changes. The design is implemented in C. Several system performance metrics are described and tabulated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352878
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Joseph C. Krainak, ITT Systems and Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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