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Jigsaw phase III: a miniaturized airborne 3-D imaging laser radar with photon-counting sensitivity for foliage penetration
Author(s): Mohan Vaidyanathan; Steven Blask; Thomas Higgins; William Clifton; Daniel Davidsohn; Ryan Carson; Van Reynolds; Joanne Pfannenstiel; Richard Cannata; Richard Marino; John Drover; Robert Hatch; David Schue; Robert Freehart; Greg Rowe; James Mooney; Carl Hart; Byron Stanley; Joseph McLaughlin; Eui-In Lee; Jack Berenholtz; Brian Aull; John Zayhowski; Alex Vasile; Prem Ramaswami; Kevin Ingersoll; Thomas Amoruso; Imran Khan; William Davis; Richard Heinrichs
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Paper Abstract

Jigsaw three-dimensional (3D) imaging laser radar is a compact, light-weight system for imaging highly obscured targets through dense foliage semi-autonomously from an unmanned aircraft. The Jigsaw system uses a gimbaled sensor operating in a spot light mode to laser illuminate a cued target, and autonomously capture and produce the 3D image of hidden targets under trees at high 3D voxel resolution. With our MIT Lincoln Laboratory team members, the sensor system has been integrated into a geo-referenced 12-inch gimbal, and used in airborne data collections from a UH-1 manned helicopter, which served as a surrogate platform for the purpose of data collection and system validation. In this paper, we discuss the results from the ground integration and testing of the system, and the results from UH-1 flight data collections. We also discuss the performance results of the system obtained using ladar calibration targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6550, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII, 65500N (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722880
Show Author Affiliations
Mohan Vaidyanathan, Harris Corp. (United States)
Steven Blask, Harris Corp. (United States)
Thomas Higgins, Harris Corp. (United States)
William Clifton, Harris Corp. (United States)
Daniel Davidsohn, Harris Corp. (United States)
Ryan Carson, Harris Corp. (United States)
Van Reynolds, Harris Corp. (United States)
Joanne Pfannenstiel, Harris Corp. (United States)
Richard Cannata, Harris Corp. (United States)
Richard Marino, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John Drover, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert Hatch, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
David Schue, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert Freehart, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Greg Rowe, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
James Mooney, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Carl Hart, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Byron Stanley, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Joseph McLaughlin, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Eui-In Lee, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jack Berenholtz, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Brian Aull, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John Zayhowski, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Alex Vasile, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Prem Ramaswami, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Kevin Ingersoll, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Thomas Amoruso, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Imran Khan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
William Davis, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Richard Heinrichs, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6550:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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