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17 December 1980 Staring Infrared Mosaic Observation Of An F-15 Aircraft
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Down-looking staring mosaic infrared measurements of an USAF F-15A aircraft at 50 kft were made as part of the May 1979 measurement series of the Balloon Altitude Mosaic Measurements Program (BAMM). Staring measurements were obtained from a balloon-borne platform floating between 70 and 88 kft and containing a 4X4 detector mosaic dual filter radiometer, a 4X4 detector mosaic Michelson interferometer, both boresighted with a real time TV scene-monitoring system. Traverses by the aircraft through the TV and infrared instruments' fields of view included flybys at 28 and 50 kft altitude, three of which were in after-burner. The entire spectral infrared signature of the aircraft in the 2.5 to 5.5 micron region was measured. Signals of aircraft transits through the infrared instruments exhibited correlation with visual recorded data. Aircraft infrared signals were further enhanced using standard second order differencing, bandpass filtering, and pixel-to-pixel subtraction techniques.
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R. E. Murphy, T. Andrada, F. Cook, F. Billingsley, W. F. Grieder, and B. K. Yap "Staring Infrared Mosaic Observation Of An F-15 Aircraft", Proc. SPIE 0253, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology VI, (17 December 1980);

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