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Wind hazard detection with airborne laser radar sensors
Author(s): Robert G. Otto; Russell Targ
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Paper Abstract

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Air Force have all expressed interest in the ability of laser radar to detect wind profiles at altitude. A number of programs are addressing the technical feasibility and utility of using laser radar atmospheric backscatter to determine wind profiles and wind hazards for aircraft guidance and navigation. This paper presents the results of ground and flight tests of a coherent 10.6 micrometers airborne laser radar for wind hazard detection. It also discusses the emerging capabilities of an airborne, all-solid-state, 2 micrometers laser radar for performing these functions in a rugged, smaller, lighter weight, high- performance package.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2220, Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles, (13 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179625
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Robert G. Otto, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Russell Targ, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2220:
Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles
Jacques G. Verly; Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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