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3D modeling of large targets and clutter utilizing Ka band monopulse SAR
Author(s): Jerry A. Ray; Doug Barr; Ric Shurtz; Rob Channell
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama have developed a dual mode, Ka Band Radar and IIR system for the purpose of data collection and tracker algorithm development. The system is comprised of modified MMW and IIR sensors and is mounted in a stabilized ball on a UH-1 helicopter operated by Redstone Technical Test Center. Several missile programs under development require MMW signatures of multiple target and clutter scenes. Traditionally these target signatures have been successfully collected using static radars and targets mounted on a turntable to produce models from ISAR images; clutter scenes have been homogeneously characterized using information on various classes of clutter. However, current and future radar systems require models of many targets too large for turntables, as well as high resolution 3D scattering characteristics of urban and other non-homogenous clutter scenes. In partnership with industry independent research and development (IRAD) activities the U.S. Army RDEC has developed a technique for generating 3D target and clutter models using SAR imaging in the MMW spectrum. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of funded projects and resulting data products with an emphasis on MMW data reduction and analysis, especially the unique 3D modeling capabilities of the monopulse radar flying SAR profiles. Also, a discussion of lessons learned and planned improvements will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6208, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XI, 62080I (16 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.667611
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry A. Ray, HWIL Simulations, SSDD, AMRDEC (United States)
Doug Barr, Simulation Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Ric Shurtz, Simulation Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Rob Channell, Simulation Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6208:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XI
Robert Lee Murrer Jr., Editor(s)

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