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Design, fabrication, and testing of large airborne ZnSe windows
Author(s): Charles J. Pruszynski; William M. Ford; J. Earl Rudisill; W. Reynolds Stark; Granville R. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

The High Altitude Observatory (HALO) is an instrumented gulfstream IIb aircraft sponsored by the US Army Space and Strategic Defense Command as an optical data collection platform. Capable of operation at altitudes above 50,000 feet, the HALO's highly diverse and flexible sensor suite has provided infrared, visible and ultraviolet data on numerous BMDO, DOD, and NASA test programs. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of two large zinc selenide infrared windows employed by the aircraft's primary sensor system, the Infrared Instrumentation System. The paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the windows and coatings, the window proof testing for flight qualification, and summarizes the current operational experience with the windows.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2536, Optical Manufacturing and Testing, (8 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218444
Show Author Affiliations
Charles J. Pruszynski, Aeromet, Inc. (United States)
William M. Ford, Aeromet, Inc. (United States)
J. Earl Rudisill, Laser Power Optics (United States)
W. Reynolds Stark, Laser Power Optics (United States)
Granville R. Anderson, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2536:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing
Victor J. Doherty; H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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