ISR Systems and Technology
Work continued on next-generation, wide-area, motion imaging systems.
In 2012, Lincoln Laboratory deployed three systems for operational testing: Multi-aperture Sparse Imager Video System (MASIVS)—an 880 Mpixel, color, airborne sensor; Wide-area Infrared System for Persistent 360° Surveillance (WISP-360)—a 100 Mpixel, infrared, ground-based sensor for base protection; and Imaging System for Immersive
Surveillance (ISIS)—a 240 Mpixel, color, ground-based optical sensor for critical infrastructure protection. Common among these persistent systems are the processing and exploitation tools that provide stitching, compression, geostabilization, target tracking, multi-intelligence fusion, and visualization.
- The Laboratory developed a nextgeneration, three-dimensional, imaging ladar for the U.S. Southern Command. This system is optimized for finding man-made structures under dense foliage canopy with area collection rates significantly higher than the rates of any existing ladar system. After system demonstrations this year, the sensor will undergo operational testing.
- Improved maritime surveillance radar signal processing techniques were developed and demonstrated for several target classes. These techniques were assessed with substantial experimental data and will likely transition to current and future maritime radar systems.
Passive sonar detection and ranging algorithms were developed to improve submarine undersea situational awareness. These algorithms help better localize potential collision threats, and are scheduled for operational Fleet deployment following system and at-sea testing.
The Laboratory provided the U.S. Air Force with technical assessments of future ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar system options for performing conventional and irregular warfare missions. The Laboratory is supporting the development of a new radar that utilizes unique radar signal processing and radar open system architecture technology. The radar will be fielded on an MQ-9 unmanned air vehicle.
- For automated exploitation of GMTI radar data, the Laboratory’s Pyxis software was operationally deployed to several government sites. This system has proven useful in automating the pattern of life analysis, reducing the timeline for useful analysis, and improving the detection of subtle activity patterns. Extensions to other sensor types are under way.
- The Laboratory developed algorithms and software tools for analyzing extremely large unstructured intelligence datasets. These tools have proven effective at automated data mining and analysis, and were deployed on remote, data-intensive, computing centers.
- Research into statistical inference on very large graphs has begun to show promising results on real-world problems in ISR and cyber security. Techniques to detect anomalies in the topology of a community within a large network were developed and effectively demonstrated. New software tools are enabling rapid accessing of large databases and MATLAB-based algorithm prototyping.
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