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Optical Engineering

A Digital Laser Rangefinder for Data Acquisition
Author(s): Julian L. Thompson; Thomas R. Stoner
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Paper Abstract

A pulsed ruby laser rangefinder is installed on one of the test ranges at the U. S. Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, California, and is being evaluated for use in data acquisition for determining trajectories of airborne targets. Pulse repetition frequencies up to 10 per second for meaningful data from high speed targets, and digital range readout are con-sidered important characteristics of this equipment. This paper presents some of the pertinent constructional details, performance goals, and some test data indicative of the degree to which these goals have been met. Certain operational difficulties are pointed out and analyzed and remedial steps proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1967
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 5(2) doi: 10.1117/12.7971356
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 5, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Julian L. Thompson, U. S. Naval Ordnance Test Station (United States)
Thomas R. Stoner, U. S. Naval Ordnance Test Station (United States)


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