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Characterizing targets and backgrounds for 3D laser radars

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Ove K. Steinvall, Hakan Larsson, Frank Gustafsson, Tomas R. Chevalier, Asa Persson, Lena M. Klasen

Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)

Proc. SPIE 5613, Military Remote Sensing, 51 (December 8, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.578821
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  • Military Remote Sensing
  • Gary W. Kamerman; David V. Willetts
  • London, United Kingdom | October 25, 2004

abstract

Exciting development is taking place in 3 D sensing laser radars. Scanning systems are well established for mapping from airborne and ground sensors. 3 D sensing focal plane arrays (FPAs) enable a full range and intensity image can be captured in one laser shot. Gated viewing systems also produces 3 D target information. Many applications for 3 D laser radars are found in robotics, rapid terrain visualization, augmented vision, reconnaissance and target recognition, weapon guidance including aim point selection and others. The net centric warfare will demand high resolution geo-data for a common description of the environment. At FOI we have a measurement program to collect data relevant for 3 D laser radars using airborne and tripod mounted equipment for data collection. Data collection spans from single pixel waveform collection (1 D) over 2 D using range gated imaging to full 3 D imaging using scanning systems. This paper will describe 3 D laser data from different campaigns with emphasis on range distribution and reflections properties for targets and background during different seasonal conditions. Example of the use of the data for system modeling, performance prediction and algorithm development will be given. Different metrics to characterize the data set will also be discussed.

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Ove K. Steinvall ; Hakan Larsson ; Frank Gustafsson ; Tomas R. Chevalier ; Asa Persson, et al.
"Characterizing targets and backgrounds for 3D laser radars", Proc. SPIE 5613, Military Remote Sensing, 51 (December 8, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.578821; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.578821


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