Next Generation HeliMag UXO Mapping Technology
ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OFFICE (DOD) ARLINGTON VA
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A number of technical innovations were made to an existing helicopter magnetometry HeliMag platform to improve performance in wide area assessment applications. The HeliMag technology was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, for deployment of seven total-field magnetometers on a Kevlar reinforced boom mounted on a Bell 206L helicopter. The objectives of this demonstration were to 1 Improve data acquisition speeds through implementation of advanced data sampling and noise suppression methodologies 2 Enhance HeliMag detection by optimizing sensor configurations to ensure that the magnetic field is fully and optimally sampled, and by improving noise suppression techniques to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio SNR of targets of interest 3 Enhance HeliMag data interpretation using automated detection and characterization algorithms to improve productivity and produce objective, repeatable results 4 Implement real-time data telemetry to remove the requirement to have a systems operator on board the aircraft, thereby increasing productivity, expanding applicability, and reducing risk.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation