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Hybrid optical/electronic signal processor for laser radar signals in fire control systems
Author(s): George B. Findley Jr.; Christopher Scott Anderson; S.K. Townley; Michael J. Pascale; Lee V. Watson; Howard A. Jenkinson
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on the development of a hybrid optical/electronic signal processor for laser radar signals in fire control applications. The breadboard system being developed consists of three subsystems: (1) a signal generator producing target-representative signals, (2) the signal processor consisting of a radiometric channel and a Doppler channel, and (3) a data acquisition, analysis, and display subsystem. The radiometric channel provides target ladar cross section (LCS) resolved in crossrange, while the Doppler channel provides target radial velocity, also resolved in crossrange. Data from the two channels is fused and processed within the data analysis subsystem. Results are to be displayed in near real-time. The breadboard system will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of hybrid signal processor technology and to investigate processing laser radar returns for noncooperative target recognition, target orientation determination, and target trajectory estimation functions. It is anticipated that these functions will enhance the effectiveness of advanced fire control systems in future helicopters and ground vehicles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1699, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition, (9 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138252
Show Author Affiliations
George B. Findley Jr., Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Christopher Scott Anderson, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
S.K. Townley, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Pascale, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Lee V. Watson, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Howard A. Jenkinson, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1699:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition
Vibeke Libby; Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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