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Flight test of a passive millimeter-wave imaging system
Author(s): Christopher A. Martin; Will Manning; Vladimir G. Kolinko; Max Hall
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Paper Abstract

A real-time passive millimeter-wave imaging system with a wide-field of view and 3K temperature sensitivity is described. The system was flown on a UH-1H helicopter in a flight test conducted by the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). We collected approximately eight hours of data over the course of the two-week flight test. Flight data was collected in horizontal and vertical polarizations at look down angles from 0 to 40 degrees. Speeds varied from 0 to 90 knots and altitudes varied from 0' to 1000'. Targets imaged include roads, freeways, railroads, houses, industrial buildings, power plants, people, streams, rivers, bridges, cars, trucks, trains, boats, planes, runways, treelines, shorelines, and the horizon. The imaging system withstood vibration and temperature variations, but experienced some RF interference. The flight test demonstrated the system's capabilities as an airborne navigation and surveillance aid. It also performed in a personnel recovery scenario.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5789, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology VIII, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604403
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher A. Martin, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Will Manning, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC NVESD (United States)
Vladimir G. Kolinko, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Max Hall, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5789:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology VIII
Roger Appleby; David A. Wikner, Editor(s)

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