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AMARO - An On-Board Ship Detection and Real-Time Information System

Willburger, Katharina and Schwenk, Kurt and Brauchle, Jörg (2020) AMARO - An On-Board Ship Detection and Real-Time Information System. Sensors, 20 (5), p. 1324. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/s20051324. ISSN 1424-8220.

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The monitoring of worldwide ship traffic is a field of high topicality. Activities like piracy, ocean dumping, and refugee transportation are in the news every day. The detection of ships in remotely sensed data from airplanes, drones, or spacecraft contributes to maritime situational awareness. However, the crucial factor is the up-to-dateness of the extracted information. With ground-based processing, the time between image acquisition and delivery of the extracted product data is in the range of several hours, mainly due to the time consumed by storing and transmission of the large image data. By processing and analyzing them on-board and transmitting the product data directly as ship position, heading, and velocity, the delay can be shortened to some minutes. Real-time connections via satellite telecommunication services allow small packets of information to be sent directly to the user without significant delay. The AMARO (Autonomous Real-Time Detection of Moving Maritime Objects) project at DLR is a feasibility study of an on-board ship detection system involving on-board processing and real-time communication. The operation of a prototype system was successfully demonstrated on an airborne platform in spring 2018. The on-ground user could be informed about detected vessels within minutes after sighting without a direct communication link. In this article, the scope, aim, and design of the AMARO system are described, and the results of the flight experiment are presented in detail.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/136935/
Document Type:Article
Title:AMARO - An On-Board Ship Detection and Real-Time Information System
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Willburger, Katharinakatharina.willburger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1191-7979
Schwenk, KurtKurt.Schwenk (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4305-9702
Brauchle, JörgJoerg.Brauchle (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3556-7643
Date:29 February 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Sensors
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/s20051324
Page Range:p. 1324
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:real-time communication, maritime situational awareness, ship detection, Iridium, on-board, image processing, flight campaign
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Security Research and Applications
Deposited By: Brauchle, Jörg
Deposited On:28 Oct 2020 09:16
Last Modified:28 Oct 2020 09:16

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