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13 May 2011 Real-time maritime scene simulation for ladar sensors
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Continuing interest exists in the development of cost-effective synthetic environments for testing Laser Detection and Ranging (ladar) sensors. In this paper we describe a PC-based system for real-time ladar scene simulation of ships and small boats in a dynamic maritime environment. In particular, we describe the techniques employed to generate range imagery accompanied by passive radiance imagery. Our ladar scene generation system is an evolutionary extension of the VIRSuite infrared scene simulation program and includes all previous features such as ocean wave simulation, the physically-realistic representation of boat and ship dynamics, wake generation and simulation of whitecaps, spray, wake trails and foam. A terrain simulation extension is also under development. In this paper we outline the development, capabilities and limitations of the VIRSuite extensions.
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Chad L. Christie, Efthimios Gouthas, Leszek Swierkowski, and Owen M. Williams "Real-time maritime scene simulation for ladar sensors", Proc. SPIE 8015, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop XVI, 80150G (13 May 2011);


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