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3 May 2012 Foveated imager providing reduced time-to-threat detection for micro unmanned aerial system
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A foveated imager providing a panoramic field of view with simultaneous region of interest optical zoom for use on a micro unmanned aerial vehicle is described. The foveated imager reduces size, weight and power by imaging both wide and telephoto fields onto a single detector. The balance of resolution between panoramic and zoom fields is optimized against the goals of threat detection and identification with a small unmanned aerial system, resulting in a 3X reduction in target identification time compared to conventional systems. A description of the design trades and the evaluation of a prototype electro-optical system are provided.
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Rob Bates, Kenny Kubala, and Adam Greengard "Foveated imager providing reduced time-to-threat detection for micro unmanned aerial system", Proc. SPIE 8360, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications IX, 836002 (3 May 2012);


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