Principal Accomplishments

The MACHETE ladar and processing subsystems were installed on a DHC-8 aircraft.

  • Lincoln Laboratory assessed ISR operations in contested environments for the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Architectures developed to address difficult targets included novel ISR concepts that can be applied to small satellites.
  • The Multi-Aperture Sparse Imager Video System (MASIVS) for collecting and analyzing wide-area motion imagery was integrated onto a second aircraft. A new capability added to the Wide-Area Infrared System for 360° Persistent Surveillance (WISP-360) is designed for counter–unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications.
  • The three-dimensional (3D) Airborne Ladar Imaging Research Testbed (ALIRT) concluded its overseas mission, during which it mapped more than 70% of Afghanistan. The Multi-look Airborne Collector for Human Encampment and Terrain Extraction (MACHETE), a next-generation 3D ladar designed to uncover clandestine activity in heavily foliated areas, has completed more than 160 sorties. This system’s high area-surveillance rates are enabled by dual 64 × 256 Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode arrays and a high-power pulsed laser.
  • Working with DARPA, the Laboratory prototyped a distributed, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) radio for low-probability-of-exploitation RF communications. The Laboratory, partnering with industry, fabricated a powerful digital system on chip that provides two trillion operations per second processing for mobile MIMO radios and their base stations.
  • The Laboratory developed and field tested novel techniques in high-frequency electronic intelligence (ELINT) processing. Algorithms to detect and image moving targets in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery will enable longer tracking of accelerating targets and enhanced SAR imaging in busy urban scenes. Improved inverse SAR algorithms were developed to support automatic classification of small boats.
  • The Laboratory prototyped advanced analytics for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community. Distributed common ground system architectures were prototyped and evaluated. Red/blue exercises conducted with the Marine Corps explored emerging needs for real-time intelligence and operations integration.
  • A demonstrated approach to harnessing the energy from the reaction of aluminum and water could greatly increase the energy capacity of unmanned undersea vehicles.
  • The Laboratory worked with multiple government sponsors to understand the best approaches for integrating open sources of data into intelligence analysis. Advanced techniques for ingestion and correlation of open-source data were developed and demonstrated.


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