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21 September 2004 Airborne laser-diode-array illuminator assessment for the night vision's airborne mine-detection arid test
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The Airborne Littoral Reconnaissance Technologies (ALRT) project has developed and tested a nighttime operational minefield detection capability using commercial off-the-shelf high-power Laser Diode Arrays (LDAs). The Coastal System Station’s ALRT project, under funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has been designing, developing, integrating, and testing commercial arrays using a Cessna airborne platform over the last several years. This has led to the development of the Airborne Laser Diode Array Illuminator wide field-of-view (ALDAI-W) imaging test bed system. The ALRT project tested ALDAI-W at the Army’s Night Vision Lab’s Airborne Mine Detection Arid Test. By participating in Night Vision’s test, ALRT was able to collect initial prototype nighttime operational data using ALDAI-W, showing impressive results and pioneering the way for final test bed demonstration conducted in September 2003. This paper describes the ALDAI-W Arid Test and results, along with processing steps used to generate imagery.
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Suzanne Stetson, Hadley Weber, Frank J. Crosby, Kenneth Tinsley, Edmund Kloess, Andrew J. Nevis, John H. Holloway Jr., and Ned H. Witherspoon "Airborne laser-diode-array illuminator assessment for the night vision's airborne mine-detection arid test", Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.583146
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