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An Airborne Telescope-Camera System for High-Resolution Reentry Vehicle Photography
Author(s): Gerald M. Daniels; Gordon L. Dryden
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Paper Abstract

An airborne telescope-camera system is described which is used for high-speed, high spatial resolution photography of reentry vehicles during atmospheric reentry. The limits to spatial resolution in the field of the system are identified and the theoretical performance of the system is analyzed in terms of modulation transfer functions. The predicted resolution. of 2.0-2.5 arc sec agrees with a measured field performance of about 2.5 arc sec, and such performance is currently maintained in the field for a period of one year.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1974
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 13(2) 130298 doi: 10.1117/12.7971680
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 13, Issue 2
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Gerald M. Daniels, Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc. (United States)
Gordon L. Dryden, Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc. (United States)

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