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METHOD FOR INFRARED IMAGING OF LIVING OR NON-LIVING OBJECTS INCLUDING TERRAINS THAT ARE EITHER NATURAL OR MANMADE

United States Patent Application

20090008554
A1
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An improved system for infrared (IR) imaging of terrain is disclosed wherein or or more IR cameras may be used at one or more locations to record images at multiple focal planes. The images are all taken of the same field of view but at varied focal planes. Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) may be used to track each camera location and each camera captures images of the object. Information regarding the orientation of the camera may also be measured. The digital information from the images from each camera at varying focal planes, the distance from the object to each camera, orientation of camera and the GPS location of each camera is transferred to a computer where the data is processed through the use of merging and photogrammetry software utilizing appropriate algorithms to convert the multiple images into a two-dimensional or three-dimensional image with improved depth of field.
Weir, John Douglas (Huntington, NY), Christ, Robert John (Brentwood, NY), Fonneland, Nils Jakob (Lake Grove, NY)
Northrop Grumman Corporation (Los Angeles CA)
11/ 946,604
November 28, 2007
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT [0002] United States Government has certain rights to this invention pursuant to the funding and/or contracts awarded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) in accordance with the Pollution Prevention Project WP-0407. SERDP is a congressionally mandated Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that develops and promotes innovative, cost-effective technologies.