Detection and Classification of Hidden Targets

Etegent Develops Multi-Discriminant LADAR ATR Algorithms


Problem: The Department of Defense has a need to detect and identify objects of interest that may be obscured, obstructed or even buried underground within an operations environment.

Etegent is developing techniques to extract useful and actionable intelligence from four discriminates that can be captured with modern LADAR: 3D geometry, polarization, multi-spectral and vibrometry. A number of specific ATR and ISR applications are being addressed by our LADAR technology developments.

In the battlefield, targets may be hidden under dense trees and vegetation or under camouflage netting. In urban environments, buildings, urban clutter and foliage can obscure targets. Most current ATR algorithms are optimized for un-obscured targets and their performance degrades quickly with increased levels of obscuration.

Obscured target ATR algorithms are being developed under a Phase II SBIR contract to support the Optical Multi-Discriminant (OMD) LADAR Sensor built by Lockheed Martin for AFRL/RWGI, Eglin FL. This sensor is capable of simultaneously acquiring geometric, polarimetric and multi-spectral discriminants. Improved ATR capability utilizing LADAR vibrometry information is being developed under a Phase II SBIR contract with AFRL/RYJM.

Etegent is also investigating, under a Phase I SBIR with AFRL/RYR, the feasibility of using a unique LADAR array vibrometry sensor concept, developed by one of our prime partners, for airborne sensing of induced seismic response to detect and map sub-surface facilities and tunnels.

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