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25 August 1992 Demonstration of clutter reduction and aircraft detection in multispectral data
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The DARPA multi-spectral infrared camera (MUSIC) was used for a series of experiments in Australia and Maui, Hawaii in 1991. The Maui experiments, conducted from a high mountain, concentrated on the detection of aircraft. The detection of air vehicles without the use of temporal motion (such as the case of a head-on approaching air vehicle) is a challenging problem when background clutter is present. The technique investigated was not dependent upon either the angular motion or the spectral signature of the aircraft. This approach exploits the differential transmission of the atmosphere in neighboring long wave infrared bands. This differential transmission between the target and background `colors' the background relative to the target and allows its removal. This technique was demonstrated on many examples of MUSIC data collected in Maui, Hawaii. Targets approaching the sensor head-on were successfully detected against clouds and other backgrounds using spectral along with spatial techniques. Several different algorithms were investigated and results are compared.
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Lawrence E. Hoff and Edwin M. Winter "Demonstration of clutter reduction and aircraft detection in multispectral data", Proc. SPIE 1698, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1992, (25 August 1992);

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