Progress Update on Decision Aids for EO Weapon Sensors,
PHILLIPS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA
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The Geophysics Directorate of the Phillips Laboratory manages a Weather Impact Decision Aids WIDA program that develops software to predict the influence of the weather and other environmental parameters on the operational performance of Electro-Optical EO sensors infrared, laser, visible used in air to ground munitions, navigation systems, and Night Vision Goggles NVGs. The WIDA program has established unique measurement facilities to evaluate EO target and background signature models in the infrared 3-5 and 8-12 micron and near-infrared .7-.9 micron. EO data and imagery along with supporting meteorological and geophysical data are collected for systematic model validation. Experiments have been conducted at a fixed site for nearly 2 years. A mobile van is also being equipped to conduct infrared and NVG experiments at several sites. Infrared experiments began in June 1996 with NVG experiments to following in 1997. WIDA experiment data are being used to evaluate and develop the physics models used to predict the environmental impacts on EO sensors. These models drive WIDA applications software that determines target acquisition data for mission planningexecution activities and produce realistic target area scenes for use by aircrews on automated mission planning systems during mission rehearsals. An overview of the WIDA program was presented at the December 1995 BAC. This presentation will report on progress made over the past year and provide an update on anticipated WIDA end-products and completion dates.
- Infrared Detection and Detectors
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices