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Exploring the possibility of developing a plastic missile dome for near-infrared transmission
Author(s): David H. Leuw
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Paper Abstract

The possibility was investigated of developing a missile dome from a transparent plastic for near infra-red transmission by which the windows form an integral part of it. The environmental requirements of the dome were severe as it had to stand up to a velocity in excess of 2 Mach at zero altitude without diminishing its transparency and thus, its optical performance. Several promising plastic candidates were investigated in a hot-wind tunnel and their eventual optical degradation was measured. Special coatings against EMI and reflection losses were applied resisting the high temperature and aero-dynamic pressure occurring during flight. Results of these experiments are given.

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Date Published: 13 August 1993
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1971, 8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optical Engineering and Remote Sensing, (13 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.151008
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David H. Leuw, Rafael (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1971:
8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optical Engineering and Remote Sensing

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