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End-to-end optical design for high-altitude balloon experiment tracking and pointing system
Author(s): Charles K. Carniglia; Theodore S. Turner
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Paper Abstract

The high altitude balloon experiment (HABE) optical system is designed to address target tracking and pointing issues. The HABE optical system is based on a 60 cm telescope and involves an IR (4.4 micrometers ) tracking camera with a 2.3 mrad field of view and a visible (0.532 micrometers ) tracking camera with a 0.257 mrad field of view. An inertial reference alignment laser controls a fast- steering mirror to point a marker laser at the target. The basic optical layout and the optical design issues are discussed. Diffraction-limited performance was achieved for the design of the imaging cameras.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 1994
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 2221, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII, (5 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178963
Show Author Affiliations
Charles K. Carniglia, S. Systems Corp. (United States)
Theodore S. Turner, S. Systems Corp. (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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