Accession Number:

ADA478160

Title:

Remote Battle Damage Assessment Using Sensor Fusion and 3D Imaging

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI

Report Date:

2004-02-13

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

It is extremely important to meet the rapid Battle Damage Assessment BDA requirement for current and future systems. The proposed technical approach provides the capability to conduct timely BDA utilizing indigenous surveillance systems. The surveillance system consisting of digital visual and infrared IR cameras combined with a real-time 3D display is proposed. This system will be integrated and tested under field conditions. The system will support real-time remote BDA by providing images of combat vehicles and their IR signatures. This assessment will allow soldiers to identify combat vehicles that have been damaged or destroyed on the battlefield. The task will be accomplished using the sensor fusion technique for visual and IR imagery. The battle damage assessment with 3D depth perception will be accomplished by using multiple camera views. The 3D images will be displayed remotely using auto-stereoscopic 3D display. This technology was tested in the lab environment for threat recognition, camouflage assessment, and space shuttle tile damage assessment. The results of this testing show the benefits of IR imaging and fused imaging techniques for threat assessment. The stereoscopic cameras were used for camouflage evaluation in the field. The benefit of this technique for BDA is in depth perception of the battlefield.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Photography
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors
  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE