22 July 1997 Technology assessment of passive millimeter-wave imaging sensor for standoff airborne mine detection
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Several mine detection systems are currently under development which will provide airborne mine detection capabilities. For example, the COBRA program utilizes a multispectral video camera which will provide an interim, clear weather, daylight capability when deployed in a Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The ASTAMIDS program has a dual approach, one contains an active polarized source as well as a passive IR camera and the other only a passive IR imager. Either ASTAMIDS system will provide day/night and limited visibility operation. The use of a PMMW imaging sensor promises to provide day/night and al weather mine detection performance. Attenuation in the MMW regime is not dramatically effected by adverse weather. In addition there is a large contrast between metal targets and the background for air to ground scenarios. Furthermore, due to the long wavelengths, vegetation and soils are not completely opaque in the MMW regime, offering the possibility to detect buried targets under specific conditions. This paper will describe the assessment of an imaging PMMW sensor for mine detection. The results of data collection and modeling analysis will be presented as evidence to the utility and capabilities of the technology to perform under adverse weather conditions.
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Bradley T. Blume, Bradley T. Blume, Sam Taylor, Sam Taylor, Charles J. Albers, Charles J. Albers, Ned H. Witherspoon, Ned H. Witherspoon, "Technology assessment of passive millimeter-wave imaging sensor for standoff airborne mine detection", Proc. SPIE 3079, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets II, (22 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280888; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.280888
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