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Optimizing the design of electro-optical micro-satellite imagers for ship detection using a real-time simulator
Author(s): Fabian D. Lapierre; Alexander Borghgraef; Marijke Vandewal
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Paper Abstract

For locating maritime vessels longer than 45 meters, such vessels are required to set up an Automatic Identification System (AIS) used by vessel traffic services (VTS). However, when a boat is shutting down its AIS, there are no means to detect it in open sea. In this paper, we use Electro-Optical (EO) imagers for non-cooperative vessel detection when the AIS is not operational. As compared to radar sensors, EO sensors have less complex system (lower cost and lower payload) and better computational processing load. EO sensors are mounted on LEO micro-satellites. We propose a simulator providing an estimate of sensor Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curves in real-time and without computing the entire image received at the sensor. This simulator can help sensor manufacturers in optimizing the design of EO sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7481, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VI, 74810R (23 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830394
Show Author Affiliations
Fabian D. Lapierre, Royal Belgian Military Academy (Belgium)
Alexander Borghgraef, Royal Belgian Military Academy (Belgium)
Marijke Vandewal, Royal Belgian Military Academy (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7481:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VI
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard R. Ebert, Editor(s)

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