Accession Number:

ADA551267

Title:

Passive Millimeter Wave (PMMW) Imaging Device for Naval Special Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

COASTAL SYSTEMS STATION PANAMA CITY FL

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The long-term goal of this research is to demonstrate a prototype, lightweight, low power and low-cost passive millimeter wave PMMW imager that is capable of supporting Naval Special Warfare NSW. PMMW wave imaging technology will provide NSW the capability to perform operations under severe fogsmoke conditions, and to perform concealed object and through-wall imaging. Clothing, wood, sheetrock and other construction materials are transmissive to the long wavelengths of millimeter wave radiation, allowing for the imaging of objects concealed behind them. A PMMW imaging system will provide daynight all weather vision capabilities under a variety of operations. This supports a Special Operations Command SOCOM Technology Development Objective for enhanced vision capabilities and supports the mission areas of combating terrorism and direct action for rescue operations. The objective of the programs initial phase is to assess the feasibility of a hand held passive millimeter wave imaging device for counterterrorism and adverse weather operational support. The objective of the second phase of the program is to fabricate and demonstrate a prototype antenna coupled microbolometer array for PMMW imaging. An antenna coupled microbolometer array will provide a lightweight, low power, and low-cost PMMW imaging sensor. The initial device will be a prototype device and will be integrated into an existing testbed lens and data acquisition.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE