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12 September 2003 Basic development and testing of a short-range laser profiling model
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Laser profilometers hold the promise of improving smart munition detection and aimpoint selection performance when combined with data from other sensor types, such as passive thermal infrared. The high cost of physically testing sensor systems dictates that simulation should be used whenever possible. This paper describes the development and preliminary verification of a profilometer simulation developed as part of a larger smart munition sensor simulation model. A single-scattering laser profilometer model, which predicts returns from passive illumination sources, such as the sun and sky, in addition to laser returns, is formulated and implemented. Several simple scenarios are simulated to test model behavior as a function of environmental illumination, reflecting material, and target geometry. Results agree with expectations and show the importance including environmental conditions and detailed material reflective properties in the model.
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Bruce M. Sabol and Jerrell R. Ballard Jr. "Basic development and testing of a short-range laser profiling model", Proc. SPIE 5092, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing VIII, (12 September 2003);

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