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Staring naval infrared search and track demonstrator
Author(s): Don Manson; Mike Richards; Tim Nicolson; Tariq Khan; Don Barron; Graham Evans
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Paper Abstract

A Naval Infrared Search and Track (IRST) demonstrator has been developed for the UK Ministry of Defence. The system uses two staring infrared cameras and split field of view optics to provide panoramic surveillance of the horizon. Use of staring detectors provides improved sensitivity and faster update rate than current scanning IRST systems. The demonstrator is fitted with commercial 640x512 pixel medium waveband detectors but is designed to accommodate 1024x768 pixel detectors in the future. The system features switchable spectral filters to allow choice of the optimum waveband for the prevailing environmental conditions and beam steering optics for non uniformity correction and image stabilisation. Real time processing has been implemented using a combination of Field Programmable Gate Array and PowerPC hardware for detection and tracking. The paper describes the system and presents some examples of its output.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5987, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications II, 598706 (11 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.634054
Show Author Affiliations
Don Manson, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Mike Richards, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Tim Nicolson, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Tariq Khan, Thales Optronics (United Kingdom)
Don Barron, Thales Optronics (United Kingdom)
Graham Evans, Thales Optics (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5987:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications II
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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