Imagery Enhancement to the Disposable, Air-droppable, Meteorological Tower Array (DAMTA)
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY DEPT OFSYSTEM ENGINEERING
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The Army Research Laboratory ARL, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, Battlefield Environment Division, at White Sands Missile Range WSMR, New Mexico is currently involved in overseeing the development of a new battlefield weather information resource. This new resource deemed DAMTA Disposable, Air-droppable, Meteorological Tower Array will consist of multiple individual towers, which will be dispersed over selected battlefield locations by an airborne platform. They will collect and transmit meteorological data in unattended operation for up to 30 days. The purpose of this current research project is to investigate the benefits of augmenting the DAMTA with digital imagery sensors to collect near real-time images of weather conditions on the battlefield. The mission of this project was to provide a detailed recommendation for imagery enhancement to the DAMTA plafform. The specific deliverables were as follows 1 To determine the benefits that will accrue to the army through the use of imagery enhanced DAMTA 2 to determine a specific off-the-shelf camera most suited to integration with the DAMTA 3 to construct a prototype demonstrating the best method of integrating cameras with the DAMTA platform.