Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2014, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (5): 776-785.doi: 10.1109/JSEE.2014.00090

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Infrared modeling and imaging simulation of midcourse ballistic targets based on strap-down platform

Changzhen Qiu*, Zhiyong Zhang, Huanzhang Lu, and Kaifeng Zhang   

  1. Science and Technology on Automatic Target Recognition Laboratory, National University of Defense Technology,
    Changsha 410073, China
  • Online:2014-10-23 Published:2010-01-03


An infrared (IR) imaging simulation framework based on the strap-down platform is proposed for midcourse ballistic targets. It overcomes the shortcoming of the existing algorithms, which cannot simulate IR imaging from the entire midcourse process. The proposed framework includes three steps, target characteristic modeling, motion modeling, and imaging modeling. In imaging modeling, the staring focal plane is taken into account due to its wide employment. In order to obtain IR images of high fidelity, especially that the fluctuation of the target signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is reasonably similar to the actual one, this paper proposes an improved IR imaging simulation method. The proposed method considers two critical factors of the pixel plane, occupy-empty ratio and defect elements, which affect the imaging of targets markedly but are neglected in previous work. Finally, the IR image sequence of high fidelity is obtained. And the correlative parameters of simulation can be set according to the given scene. Thus the generated images can satisfy the needs of algorithms validation for tracking and recognition.