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Modular multispectral imaging system for multiple missions and applications
Author(s): Jon Schoonmaker; Yuliya Podobna; Cynthia Boucher; Steve Saggese; Daniel Oakley; Dustin Medeiros
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Paper Abstract

The Navy recently began investing in the design of mission-specific payloads for the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS). STUAS is a Tier II size UAS with a roughly 35 pound mission payload and a gimbaled general-purpose electro optical/infrared (EO/IR) system. The EO/IR system is likely composed of a video camera in the visible, a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and/or a long-wave infrared (LWIR) for night operations, and an infrared marker and laser range finder. Advanced Coherent Technologies, LLC (ACT), in a series of SBIR efforts, has developed a modular, multi-channel imaging system for deployment on airborne and UAV platforms. ACT's system, called EYE5, demonstrates how an EO/IR system combined with an on-board, real-time processor can be tailored for specific applications to produce real-time actionable data. The EYE5 sensor head and modular real-time processor descriptions are presented in this work. Examples of the system's abilities in various Navy-relevant applications are reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8020, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VIII, 802008 (25 May 2011);
Show Author Affiliations
Jon Schoonmaker, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)
Yuliya Podobna, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)
Cynthia Boucher, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)
Steve Saggese, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)
Daniel Oakley, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)
Dustin Medeiros, Advanced Coherent Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8020:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VIII
Daniel J. Henry; Beato T. Cheng; Dale C. Linne von Berg; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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