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DARPA Developing Super Scope 44

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-can-see-my-house-from-here dept.
Iddo Genuth writes "Researchers at the Strategic Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are developing new high-resolution scopes that extend the range of viable image recognition and reduce atmospheric interference. Still in the early prototyping stage, DARPA hopes the new optical system (PPT presentation) will eventually result in a decrease of friendly fire incidents and collateral damage from military operations. 'Called the Super-Resolution Vision System (SRVS), this new system exploits atmospheric turbulence effects that magnify pieces of images behind heat haze. The formal name for this phenomenon is atmospheric turbulence-generated micro-lensing and it creates a brief, high resolution image behind the haze. The SRVS takes many such images and collates them to create a cohesive image of the entire larger area under observation using new advances in signal processing made possible by advances in computer processing power and increased storage capabilities.'"
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DARPA Developing Super Scope

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  • by Mooga (789849) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @12:21PM (#25178245)
    Didn't Nintendo make that years ago?
  • A real product (Score:2, Redundant)

    by Nerdfest (867930)
    ... is a long way off.
  • As seen on slashdot (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 27, 2008 @12:25PM (#25178263)

    exactly one month ago [slashdot.org]

  • not that new (Score:4, Informative)

    by gregski (765387) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @12:47PM (#25178359)

    Lucky imaging has been used in astrophotography:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_imaging [wikipedia.org]

    i believe the main difficulty would be in the automation of the technique.

    • by petes_PoV (912422)
      Yes, that was my first thought, once I'd worked out whether the article was about a microscope, telescope or oscilloscope.. Trust the military to re-invent something and give it a $100 name.

      ISTM the main drawback is the unreliability of the technique. I wonder what acronym they'll assign to adaptive optics when they "discover" that, too?

      • I wonder what acronym they'll assign to adaptive optics when they "discover" that, too?

        Scopes With Frikkin' Lasers Attached to Their Heads?

  • So basically it takes a lot of little snaps of objects in the distance that are effected by the "heat wave effect thing(like I said I just woke up and I haven't started the coffee yet)" and then pieces together what the object actually is?
    • The bits of magnified image are the only ones that are collected. Then the zoomed bits are stitched together, so you get a clear picture of what is very far away.

  • Though there are 'researchers' at DARPA, they're generally not the ones doing the research. Most likely this is DARPA opening the bidding process to find someone to develop this technology.

  • How about they test it by finding one of the Apollo Lunar Modules ?
    In fact, I'd very much like to see NASA test upgraded Hubble this way too :)

  • I'm too lazy to search for it, but either I'm having one hell of a deja-vu moment, or slashdot ran a story about this exact thing a few months ago...

  • Overall, it's probably more useful for observation than for actually extending the shooter's range. The limiting factors as they stand now tend to be based around the immutable laws of exterior ballistics. Having an optic capable of resolving a target at 3000 yards is of no use if your platform, on its very best day, is only capable of semi-consistent hits at 1500 yards. The time delay isn't quite as terrible as some might think (unlike Halo, in real life it can take several seconds for your bullet to ma
  • Whats that quote, something about setting your eyes beyond the horizon or something...
    Perhaps they are trying to extend scope range for the time that they hope bullets can go just as far.
    Also, with the article they have a sniper and his spotter as picture at the top; so I am guessing it is for enhanced sniping, but usually its not the image but the distance that is the problem to my knowledge. Either way an advance is an advance, were one step closer to... something.
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