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21 February 2001 Mortar launched surveillance system
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Proceedings Volume 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security; (2001)
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
Accurate Automation Corporation has completed the conceptual design of a mortar launched air vehicle system to perform close range or over-the-horizon surveillance missions. Law enforcement and military units require an organic capability to obtain real time intelligence information of time critical targets. Our design will permit law enforcement to detect, classify, locate and track these time critical targets. The surveillance system is a simple, unmanned fixed-winged aircraft deployed via a conventional mortar tube. The aircraft's flight surfaces are deployed following mortar launch to permit maximum range and time over target. The aircraft and sensor system are field retrievable. The aircraft can be configured with an engine to permit extended time over target or range. The aircraft has an integrated surveillance sensor system; a programmable CMOS sensor array. The integrated RF transmitted to capable of down- linking real-time video over line-of-sight distances exceeding 10 kilometers. The major benefit of the modular design is the ability to provide surveillance or tracking quickly at a low cost. Vehicle operational radius and sensor field coverage as well as design trade results of vehicle range and endurance performance and payload capacity at operational range are presented for various mortar configurations.
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Carl E. Lewis and Lindley A. Carlton "Mortar launched surveillance system", Proc. SPIE 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, (21 February 2001);


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