Bistatic Underwater Optical Imaging Using AUVs
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER PANAMA CITY DIV FL
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Identification of mine like contacts MLCs as either mines or non-mines remains an important step in mine countermeasures MCM operations. Optical imagery is the gold standard for identification since, with good quality imagery, it allows unambiguous identification of MLCs as either mines or non-mines. The apparent utility of autonomous underwater vehicles AUVs for MCM operations is quite appealing, especially if the AUVs are small, low cost, and provide high quality data. A long range goal to the use of AUVs for MCM operations is to equip such AUVs with small, low cost optical sensors capable of providing identification quality optical imagery.
- Optical Detection and Detectors