Precision Point Target Tracking

Chester L. Richards Jr.

Abstract: Subresolution tracking may be achieved through a combination of proper imaging sensor design and algorithm selection. The requirement on the sensor for optimum performance is that images must be sampled by a stable grid which meets the Nyquist sampling criterion. For staring array sensors this requirement leads to a detector size and sample spacing which is quite different from the classical design choice. Once the focal plane has been properly designed, there is a selection of tracking algorithms which give approximately the same tracking performance. All of these algorithms show a residual single measurement error which is inversely proportional to the signal to noise ratio. The choice of a particular algorithm comes primarily from a trade between processing burden and clutter rejection. A system which is optimized for point target tracking will also be optimized, and will show improved performance, for extended target tracking and for pattern recognition.
Published in: Proceedings of the 1986 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation
January 21 - 23, 1986
Long Beach, CA
Pages: 105 - 110
Cite this article: Richards, Chester L., Jr., "Precision Point Target Tracking," Proceedings of the 1986 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, Long Beach, CA, January 1986, pp. 105-110.
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