Advanced Sensors for Close Proximity Robotic Mine Detection System

Period of Performance: 01/01/1987 - 12/31/1987

$241K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Coleman Research Corp.
5950 LAKEHURST DRIVE
Orlando, FL 32819
Principal Investigator

Abstract

A MULTIPLE SENSOR MINE DETECTION SYSTEM HAS BEEN DESIGNED WHICH CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THE U.S. ARMY'S CAPABILITY TO DETECT AND ULTIMATELY REMOVE MINES. IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IS PROVIDED BY A UNIQUELY DESIGNED FREQUENCY STEPPED GROUND PENETRATION RADAR AND USE OF A DUAL BAND INFRARED SENSOR. THE INFORMATION GATHERED BY THESE SENSORS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH A VISIBLE SENSOR, IS FUSED TOGETHER TO MAKE A MINE/NON-MINE DECISION USING AI/EXPERT SYSTEM PROCESSING. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PHASE II EFFORT IS TO FABRICATE, ASSEMBLE, TEST AND EVALUATE THREE SENSORS WHICH ARE INTEGRATED TO FORM A MINE DETECTION SYSTEM. THE SENSORS INCLUDE A FREQUENCY STEPPED GROUND PENETRATION RADAR, A DUAL BAND INFRARED SCANNER, AND A VIDEO SCANNER. THE INTEGRATION OF THE SENSOR OUTPUT INFORMATION AND ULTIMATE DECISION FOR MINE/NON-MINE OBJECT IS PERFORMED BY AN AI MICROPROCESSOR WITH A SOFTWARE 'EXPERT SYSTEM' IMPLEMENTED. WITH AN IMPROVED GROUND PENETRATION RADAR AND INFRARED SENSOR, COUPLED WITH THE 'EXPERT SYSTEM' PROCESSING, THE MINE DETECTION SYSTEM WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OVER CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SYSTEMS.