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Optical Engineering

A Variable Optical Target Simulator
Author(s): C. E. Kulas; E. D. Crosswhite
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Paper Abstract

A crucial experiment, relative to determining the ability of an imaging seeker to track a target and generate accurate terminal guidance, requires an optical device which can provide imagery that grows in size as a real-time estimate of true missile flight conditions. The basic components of an Optical Contrast TV Imaging Seeker are reviewed to establish the need for an optical target simulator. An optomechanical device called a Variable Optical Target Simulator (VOTS) which generates end game scene situations is discussed. The organization of optical components and their control for providing an image which grows in size as a linear estimate of real world situations is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1979
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 18(3) 183303 doi: 10.1117/12.7972371
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 18, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
C. E. Kulas, US Army Missile Research and Development Command (United States)
E. D. Crosswhite, US Army Missile Research and Development Command (United States)


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