15 April 2008 DUSTER: demonstration of an integrated LWIR-VNIR-SAR imaging system
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) are executing a joint effort, DUSTER (Deployable Unmanned System for Targeting, Exploitation, and Reconnaissance), to develop and test a new tactical sensor system specifically designed for Tier II UAVs. The system is composed of two coupled near-real-time sensors: EyePod (VNIR/LWIR ball gimbal) and NuSAR (L-band synthetic aperture radar). EyePod consists of a jitter-stabilized LWIR sensor coupled with a dual focal-length optical system and a bore-sighted high-resolution VNIR sensor. The dual focal-length design coupled with precision pointing an step-stare capabilities enable EyePod to conduct wide-area survey and high resolution inspection missions from a single flight pass. NuSAR is being developed with partners Brigham Young University (BYU) and Artemis, Inc and consists of a wideband L-band SAR capable of large area survey and embedded real-time image formation. Both sensors employ standard Ethernet interfaces and provide geo-registered NITFS output imagery. In the fall of 2007, field tests were conducted with both sensors, results of which will be presented.
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Michael L. Wilson, Dale Linne von Berg, Melvin Kruer, Niel Holt, Scott A. Anderson, David G. Long, Yuly Margulis, "DUSTER: demonstration of an integrated LWIR-VNIR-SAR imaging system", Proc. SPIE 6946, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V, 694607 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777984; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.777984
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