Development of a Prototype Airborne Oil Surveillance System.
AEROJET ELECTROSYSTEMS CO AZUSA CALIF
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A prototype airborne oil surveillance system was developed for the U.S. Coast Guard by Aerojet ElectroSystems Company. The multisensor system permits real-time daynight, all-weather detection, mapping and documentation of oil spills at sea. The system was installed aboard a Coast Guard HU-16 Albatross and flight tested off the California Coast. Surveillance data were obtained from natural seeps, a series of controlled oil spills, routine shipping and targets of opportunity. The airborne system consists of a sidelooking radar, a passive microwave imager, a multispectral low light level TV, a multichannel line scanner, a position reference system, and a real-time processordisplay console. The system reliably detected and mapped oil spills and seeps for conditions ranging from dense undercast to clear, wind speeds from 0 to 26 knots and daytime to total darkness. Test results demonstrate that airborne oil surveillance is practical and the system can be invaluable to other Coast Guard missions. Color illustrations reproduced in black and white.
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Infrared Detection and Detectors
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Water Pollution and Control