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Scanning laser aircraft surveillance system for carrier flight operations
Author(s): Alan A. Vetter; David M. Shemwell; R. I. Gellert; J. Black
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Paper Abstract

The Scanning Laser Aircraft Surveillance System (SLASS) uses two scanning infrared laser beams to illuminate retroreflectors located on aircraft landing gears and hook to determine very precisely the azimuthal, ascension, yaw, roll, and pitch angles of the aircraft in the approach corridor. The range, approach velocity, and aircraft type are also determined. Aircraft configuration is determined by the presence or absence of each return signal, and aircraft type is identified with an encoded sequence of retroreflectors on one landing gear. The position of the aircraft is determined by the time in the scan that the beam encounters the retroreflectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1694, Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation II, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138132
Show Author Affiliations
Alan A. Vetter, Humbug Mountain Research Labs. (United States)
David M. Shemwell, Humbug Mountain Research Labs. (United States)
R. I. Gellert, Humbug Mountain Research Labs. (United States)
J. Black, Humbug Mountain Research Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1694:
Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation II
Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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