Terrain Database - Air Photo Analysis: Martin Marietta ALV Test Site, 1985-1986
Scope and Contents
The Terrain Database – Air Photo Analysis Report was authored by Jack N. Rinker, J. Ponder Henley, and Melvin B. Satterwhite of the U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories Research Institute, Fort Belvoir, VA. It is divided into four separate volumes.
Volume I contains text and 35mm color slides of ground photography.
Volume II contains black and white ground photography with stereoscopic and monoscopic views, and includes a folding stereoscope for viewing the stereoscopic imagery.
Volume III contains the air photo analysis of two sets of stereotriplets that covered the study sites and provided information on landform, drainage, surficial materials (soils and rocks), land cover in terms of vegetation, and slopes.
Volume IV contains the spectral reflectance measurement data.
Volume V as listed in the report’s table of contents "Mailing Tube with Enlargements" was not received.
- U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories was tasked with producing a high resolution, high accuracy experimental digital terrain database of a 12 square kilometer test site. This database was to be used in conjunction with an inertial navigation and computer vision system for an Autonomous Land Vehicle (ALV). The database was to initially consist of six overlays including landforms, soils, surface drainage, land cover, roads, and a digital elevation model (DEM).
The purpose of this report was to provide a pictorial and descriptive introduction to the terrain characteristics of the ALV test site located at the Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin’s predecessor) facility in Jefferson County, Colorado. The field work for the report was done June 7-14, 1985 and the ALV was driven, by remote control, to the western study area on July 29, 1985.
(Information from ScienceDirect.com – Photogrammetria – Terrain data base generation for autonomous land vehicle navigation (abstract), accessed 8/24/2012)
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Language of Materials
Report created by the U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories in support of their task producing a high-resolution, high-accuracy, experimental digital terrain data base to be used with an inertial navigation system for an Autonomous Land Vehicle (ALV). The report provides a pictorial and descriptive introduction to the terrain characteristics of the ALV test site at the Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin’s predecessor) facility in Jefferson County, Colorado. Jefferson County’s Mapping Department provided the aerial photographs used for the project.
Arranged by volume number of original report binders.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred to the Archives from IT Services’ GIS/Mapping and Media Production office in June, 2012.
Processed by Ronda Frazier in August 2012.
- Jefferson County (Colo.). Information Technology Services (Organization)
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