ISR Systems and Technology
- The Laboratory developed three wide-area, motion imaging systems for visible and infrared persistent surveillance that are now operating in deployed situations. The Wide-Area Infrared System for 360° Persistent Surveillance (WISP-360) is an infrared, ground-based sensor that is integrated with existing tower-based surveillance systems. The Multi-Aperture Sparse Imager Video System (MASIVS), an 880-megapixel, color, airborne sensor, was deployed for collection of wide-area motion imagery. The Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS), a 240-megapixel, color, optical sensor, was deployed for critical infrastructure protection.
- The Laboratory’s Airborne Ladar Imaging Research Testbed (ALIRT) system completed its 500th flight in support of overseas operations. This system has proven to be very valuable to U.S. ground operations. Also, a new 3D ladar for the U.S. Southern Command is nearing completion. The ladar is optimized for detection and characterization of structures under foliage cover, provides enhanced area coverage, and can help to distinguish natural from man-made targets.
- Radar processing techniques were developed to improve detection of small land and maritime targets. Several of these techniques were selected for transition into operational systems and systems under development.
A Laboratory-developed ultrahigh-data-rate multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system sets new standards for non-line-of-sight, low-power communication links and enables efficient data exchange among ground-based ISR systems. Several prototypes were delivered to sponsors for operational testing.
Automation techniques were developed to reduce operator workload for distributed maritime surveillance systems. The Laboratory also developed and optimized sonar technology employed by autonomous undersea vehicles in antisubmarine warfare. The sonar signal processing provides computationally efficient target detection and classification, and was selected for inclusion into other Navy distributed surveillance systems.
- The Laboratory supported the development of the Air Force's new Dismount Detection Radar, which will provide wide-area persistent ground moving target indication (GMTI) for vehicles and dismounted personnel. This pod-based radar was designed to be integrated and fielded on an MQ-9 unmanned air vehicle. The Laboratory is incorporating advanced dismount signal processing modes into the contractor-developed system to provide warfighter capability and to verify the open architecture design.
- For automated exploitation of GMTI radar data, the Laboratory's Pyxis software was operationally deployed. Pyxis enhances detection of subtle activity patterns, supporting real-time cross-cueing of other assets. The Laboratory also delivered cloud-based software analytics for analyzing massive unstructured intelligence datasets. These tools have proven effective at automated data mining and analysis, and were deployed to multiple government agencies.
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