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Portable ground-based infrared sensor for autonomous boost-phase target acquisition, tracking, and thrust termination location
Author(s): Daniel A. Saylor; Gary C. Beard; Walter Spodeck; James E. Fletcher
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Paper Abstract

A portable, ground based angle-only IR tracking system, designated GBATS (ground-based acquisition and tracking system), is described. GBATS is designed to passively provide 2D angular track data on boosting targets of interest. Upon target launch, GBATS automatically performs target acquisition, track, and thrust termination (burn-out) time and location. Multiple target acquisition, target obscuration treatment, and optional radar cueing are features of GBATS. System and sub-system descriptions for all major hardware and software components are given in this paper. Test results on targets launched from the White Sands Missile Range as well as future plans are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2221, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII, (5 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178931
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel A. Saylor, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
Gary C. Beard, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
Walter Spodeck, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
James E. Fletcher, U.S. Army Missile Defense (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2221:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum; Morris M. Birnbaum; George E. Sevaston, Editor(s)

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