Accession Number : ADD015412

Title :   Two-Stage Target Tracking System and Method.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 17 Jun 92,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Alounia, Ali T

Report Date : 17 Jun 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : An apparatus and method for tracking maneuvering and non-maneuvering targets in the presence of stochastic acceleration are provided. The apparatus and method utilize a two-stage Kalman estimator, the first stage of which is a bias-free filter providing target position and velocity estimates, and the second stage of which is a bias filter providing estimates of target acceleration. These two filters act together to provide parallel processing calculations thereby achieving high speed target state determination. During target maneuvers, the output of the second stage is used to correct the output of the first stage. In the absence of maneuver, the second stage is turned off and the first stage provides the target position and velocity estimates.

Descriptors :   *MOVING TARGETS, *ELECTROOPTICS, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *KALMAN FILTERING, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION, POSITION FINDING

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE