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Autonomous real-time ground ubiquitous surveillance-imaging system (ARGUS-IS)
Author(s): Brian Leininger; Jonathan Edwards; John Antoniades; David Chester; Dan Haas; Eric Liu; Mark Stevens; Charlie Gershfield; Mike Braun; James D. Targove; Steve Wein; Paul Brewer; Donald G. Madden; Khurram Hassan Shafique
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Paper Abstract

Finding, tracking and monitoring events and activities of interest on a continuous basis remains one of our highest Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) requirements. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) serve as one of the warfighter's primary and most responsive means for surveillance and gathering intelligence information and are becoming vital assets in military operations. This is demonstrated by their significant use in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lessons learned from these operations indicate that UAVs provide critical capabilities for enhancing situational awareness, intelligence gathering and force protection for our military forces. Current UAS high resolution electro-optics offers a small high resolution field of view (FOV). This narrow FOV is a limiting factor on the utility of the EO system. The UAS that are available offer persistence; however, the effectiveness of the EO system is limited by the sensors and available processing. DARPA is addressing this developing the next generation of persistent, very wide area surveillance with the Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance - Imaging System (ARGUS-IS). The system will be capable of imaging an area of greater than 40 square kilometers with a Ground Space Distance (GSD) of 15 cm at video rates of greater than 12 Hz. This paper will discuss the elements of the ARGUS-IS program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6981, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008, 69810H (3 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784724
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Leininger, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (United States)
Jonathan Edwards, BAE Advanced Technologies (United States)
John Antoniades, BAE Advanced Technologies (United States)
David Chester, BAE Advanced Technologies (United States)
Dan Haas, BAE Advanced Technologies (United States)
Eric Liu, BAE Advanced Technologies (United States)
Mark Stevens, BAE Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Charlie Gershfield, BAE Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Mike Braun, BAE Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
James D. Targove, BAE Optical Sensor Systems (United States)
Steve Wein, BAE Optical Sensor Systems (United States)
Paul Brewer, ObjectVideo (United States)
Donald G. Madden, ObjectVideo (United States)
Khurram Hassan Shafique, ObjectVideo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6981:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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