Demonstration of Helicopter Multi-Sensor Towed Array Detection System (MTADS) Magnetometry Technology at Victorville Precision Bombing Range, California
Final rept. May 2005-Dec 2008
SKY RESEARCH INC ASHLAND OR
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The former Victorville PBR is located in San Bernardino County, CA. This site is classified as a Formerly Used Defense Site, known to contain one precision bombing range target and one demolition bombing target area. This demonstration utilized Helicopter Multi-sensor Towed Array Detection System MTADS Magnetometry HeliMag, a wide area assessment technology. Data collection was conducted in March-April 2006 resulting in the survey of 4,567 acres. The airborne MTADS platform was deployed at approximately 3 m AGL over the entire site, the system was also flown at 5 m and 10 m AGL over approximately 825 acres for each higher altitude. The purpose for these higher altitude flights was to assess whether the same information can be collected at a higher flight AGL. The background geologic signal complicated the use of automated target selection routines. After consideration of a number of candidate target selectiondensity estimate techniques it was determined that manual target selection provided the most realistic and defensible density distribution estimates 6,319 anomalies were selected from the dataset.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Ammunition and Explosives