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Optical Engineering

Automatic and Programmed Tracking Systems for Optical Instrumentation
Author(s): Robert G Scharrer
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Paper Abstract

Instrumentation requirements of test programs involving rockets, rocket sleds, and other projectiles are often such that a capability of tracking the projectile with an optical system is highly desirable, both because of the economy of fewer cameras and equipment required for adequate coverage, and because of the more satisfactory data which can be obtained in this manner. Manual tracking of these projectiles is unsatisfactory and often im-practical due to the high accelerations and the fact that the duration of the tests is of the same order of time as the human reflex. Several proposed systems for automatic and programmed tracking utilizing both digital and analog techniques are discussed, and available results of tests of some of these systems are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1963
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 1(5) 105151 doi: 10.1117/12.7971249
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 1, Issue 5
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Robert G Scharrer, Sandia Corporation (United States)

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