Army Hyperspectral R&D Consortium The Way Forward
ARMY TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERING CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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In early 2001 four Army laboratories signed a memorandum of understanding that signifies the Armys interest in focusing research interests on practical tactical applications of hyperspectral technology. The result of the focusing of these research interests will be actual applications of hyperspectral technology in the fielded Army. The AHRDC has been meeting informally for about 3 years and exchanging information and ideas. The AHRDC has two Science and Technology Objectives STOs, IV. SN .2000.04 SpectralSpatial Data Exploitation for Terrain Categorization and Target Identification and III.Q.05 Overhead Sensor Technology for Battlefield Characterization, which it manages among the four laboratories. Recently, IV.SN.2000.04 was captured under the Defense Technology Objective DTO, Hyperspectral Technology. Each laboratory has research experience and practical experience in the area of hyperspectral, and through the STOs and DTO are moving the basic and applied research experience into practical applications for the Army. The AHRDC has set goals of transitioning more hyperspectral technology into Army systems that may be used in Future Combat Systems andor Objective Force Warrior. This paper details some of the collaborations and applications that the Army labs are considering for tactical applications of hyperspectral technology. The goal of the Army partners of the Army Hyperspectral RD Consortium is to explore, develop, and transition tactical hyperspectral technology to Army customers. Recently, the Army laboratories realized that the Army research and development program in hyperspectral needed coordination and focus to achieve their technology goals. A Memorandum of Agreement was drawn up and signed by the Army partners. The four Army partners were already collaborating on two STOs. Each of the partners also have in-house RD program with different scope and focus.
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