Innovative MM-SAR Exploitation Tools Using CCD, NCCD, and DI
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DOD / USAF
1.1 There is significant interest in the application of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) coherent change detection (CCD), non-coherent change detection (NCCD), and dynamic imaging (DI) modes to support image analysts in their exploitation of SAR imagery. Military and nonmilitary applications of these technologies include the persistent surveillance of urban areas, terrain characterization, 3-D imaging of building complexes and other numerous forensic applications. But the non-literal nature of SAR imagery has kept it from being utilized to its fullest capabilities, and there is a need to develop innovative methods to effectively utilize these SAR imaging modes in the overall exploitation process. SSCI proposes to perform research necessary to the development of new, significantly enhanced exploitation tools that most effectively use these SAR modes in synergistic fashion, combining the modes in a way that takes advantage of the strengths of each mode while minimizing the effects of their respective weaknesses. BENEFIT: In this SBIR project, SSCI will develop a toolkit for image exploitation using multi-modal SAR. A robust and feature-rich toolkit will accelerate the adoption and fielding of these SAR systems. The commercialization applications of this research range from ground-based radar to airborne and unmanned aircraft systems.
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