Aurora combines imaging arrays and sensors based on BAE Systems'
Adaptive Spectral Processing and Identification System (ASPIS)
to provide automated target recognition. ASPIS detects and identifies
known or potential threats and then downlinks target imagery
and other data to ground operators for rapid delivery into intelligence
The new payload defined as 'Generation IV' remote sensing system
comprises a daytime, high-resolution electro-optic hyper-spectral
sensor supporting video-framing HDTV color / monochrome camera
with a resolution of 6.6 Megapixels, coupled with a GPS/IMU
sensors producing precise geolocation independent of ground
control points. The sensor feeds an airborne processing system
to automatically detect and identify targets over a wide-area.
Target detection and identification is performed by analysing
spectral and spatial anomalies. The system also supports movement
detection employing optical moving target indicator. It also
produces continuous, wide-area image mosaicking. Development
of even more advanced algorithm and image processing continues
under joint DARPA - Army funding.
“AURORA is the first system that puts hyperspectral
technology in operational use for U.S. forces,” said John
Antoniades, director of remote sensing technologies for BAE
Systems. “This is important because the combination of
hyperspectral and electro-optic technology offers an objective
tool to detect and identify targets, relieving the stress on
operators who are constantly watching video imagery.”
BAE received the development contract in 2006.
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