Evaluating the capabilities of high resolution, space borne MWIR data for maritime vessel detection using synthetic data

Start date

01 October 2020

End date

31 March 2021


This project flew a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) camera on an airplane to collect data that simulates the data that would be captured from a space-based sensor. This dataset was then used to validate the commercial applications that Satellite Vu is developing to support their customers, focusing on the advantages MWIR might have over Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for small boat detection.

The airborne campaign covered a range of locations and facilities of particular interest for which MWIR imagery can provide better insights than existing sources. Subsequent processing and validation of the acquired imagery was performed in order to show potential commercial maritime applications using a range of processing techniques.

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M.B.Rodger, R.Guida, “Comparison of High-Resolution Airborne MWIR Data with SAR and AIS for Ship Detection”, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium ’21, Brussels (Belgium), 2021.

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