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18 August 1995 Simulation of parafoil reconnaissance imagery
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Proceedings Volume 2622, Optical Engineering Midwest '95; (1995)
Event: Optical Engineering Midwest '95, 1995, Chicago, IL, United States
Reconnaissance from unmanned platforms is currently of interest to DoD and civil sectors concerned with drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Platforms employed vary from motorized aircraft to tethered balloons. One appraoch currently under evaluation deploys a TV camera suspended from a parafoil delivered to the area of interest by a cannon launched projectile. Imagery is then transmitted to a remote monitor for processing and interpretation. This paper presents results of imagery obtained from simulated parafoil flights in which software techniques were developed to process-in image degradation caused by atmospheric obscurants and perturbations in the normal parafoil flight trajectory induced by wind gusts. The approach to capturing continuous motion imagery from captive flight test recordings, the introduction of simulated effects, and the transfer of the processed imagery back to video tape is described.
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Kent J. Kogler, Linas Sutkus, Douglas Troast, Paul Kisatsky, and Alain Mozart Charles "Simulation of parafoil reconnaissance imagery", Proc. SPIE 2622, Optical Engineering Midwest '95, (18 August 1995);


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