Optimization of spectral bandwidth for a missile launch detector

Z. Zalevsky, Steven Lashansky

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The spectral bandwidth of missile launch detector (MLD) is a key factor that determines the overall performance of the system. For any given scenario the performance of the system is dependent on the atmospheric profile, background clutter, scenario geometry, target signature and many other parameters. This paper will show that the optimal spectral bandwidth for a MLD is scenario dependent. The requirements for a satellite based MLD are different from the requirements for a ground based MLD. Background clutter, signal to noise and atmospheric transmission were examined in order to predict the overall system performance. The simulation presented sevearl dependences between the various physical parameters. A statistical model for the background clutter is presented and incorporated into the simulation procedure.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAeroSense 2002. International Society for Optics and Photonics
StatePublished - 2002

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Place of conference:USA


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