26 May 2011 Progress toward a video-rate, passive millimeter-wave imager for brownout mitigation
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Currently, brownout is the single largest contributor to military rotary-wing losses. Millimeter-wave radiation penetrates these dust clouds effectively, thus millimeter-wave imaging could provide pilots with valuable situational awareness during hover, takeoff, and landing operations. Herein, we detail efforts towards a passive, video-rate imager for use as a brownout mitigation tool. The imager presented herein uses a distributed-aperture, optically-upconverted architecture that provides real-time, video-rate imagery with minimal size and weight. Specifically, we detail phenomenology measurements in brownout environments, show developments in enabling component technologies, and present results from a 30-element aperiodic array imager that has recently been fabricated.
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Daniel G. Mackrides, Daniel G. Mackrides, Christopher A. Schuetz, Christopher A. Schuetz, Richard D. Martin, Richard D. Martin, Thomas E. Dillon, Thomas E. Dillon, Peng Yao, Peng Yao, Dennis W. Prather, Dennis W. Prather, } "Progress toward a video-rate, passive millimeter-wave imager for brownout mitigation", Proc. SPIE 8022, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIV, 802203 (26 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884164; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.884164
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