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Detection of mini-UAVs in the presence of strong topographic relief: a multisensor perspective
Author(s): Urs Böniger; Beat Ott; Peter Wellig; Uwe Aulenbacher; Jens Klare; Thomas Nussbaumer; Yusuf Leblebici
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Paper Abstract

Based on the steadily growing use of mini-UAVs for numerous civilian and military applications, mini-UAVs have been recognized as an increasing potential threat. Therefore, counter-UAV solutions addressing the peculiarities of this class of UAVs have recently received a significant amount of attention. Reliable detection, localization, identification and tracking represents a fundamental prerequisite for such counter-UAV systems. In this paper, we focus on the assessment of different sensor technologies and their ability to detect mini-UAVs in a representative rural Swiss environment. We conducted a field trial in August 2015, using different, primarily short range, experimental sensor systems from armasuisse and selected research partners. After an introduction into the challenges for UAV detection in regions with strong topographic relief, we will introduce the experimental setup and describe the key results from this joint experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9997, Target and Background Signatures II, 999702 (24 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241757
Show Author Affiliations
Urs Böniger, Armasuisse (Switzerland)
Beat Ott, Armasuisse (Switzerland)
Peter Wellig, Armasuisse (Switzerland)
Uwe Aulenbacher, Ingenieurbüro für Sensorik und Signalverarbeitung (Germany)
Jens Klare, Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (Germany)
Thomas Nussbaumer, RUAG Defence Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Yusuf Leblebici, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9997:
Target and Background Signatures II
Karin U. Stein; Ric H. M. A. Schleijpen, Editor(s)

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