The new technology called Airborne Tomography
using Active Electromagnetics (ATAEM) is derived from field
proven geophysical exploration concepts commonly used for mineral
and oil exploration.
By illuminating the surface with electromagnetic energy ATAEM
will interpret minute distortions of the electric and magnetic
fields created by surface and sub-surface objects to detect
and characterize surreptitious structures. The program elements
will include the development of electromagnetic illumination
sources, noise-isolated sensor payloads, and signals processing,
and demonstrate them on an appropriate airborne platform.