MACHe - Model-based algorithm for classification of helicopters

Domenico Gaglione

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Secondary motions of a target, such as rotating blades of a helicopter's main rotor, induce a Doppler modulation around the main Doppler shift. This represents a unique feature of the target itself, known as micro-Doppler signature, and can be used for classification purposes. In this student research highlight a model-based automatic helicopter classification algorithm is presented. It is a parametric classification approach based on a sparse signal recovery method and it is independent of both the initial position of the blades and the aspect angle. The algorithm is tested on simulated and real data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-40
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2016


  • Doppler modulation
  • micro-Doppler signature
  • helicopter classification algorithm


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