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Phase 1 high-performance CO2 ladar surveillance sensor description and test results
Author(s): Mark A. Kovacs; Subrata Ghoshroy; Victor H. Hasson; Richard H. Pohle; Donald Ruffatto; Stanley R. Czyzak; Richard Wendt
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Paper Abstract

The High Performance CO2 Lidar Surveillance Sensor system (HI-CLASS) is a state-of- the-art coherent ladar system which will provide precision tracking and high resolution imaging at the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS). System development is occurring in 3 phases representing increasing hardware/software complexity and system capability. The recently-completed Phase 1 HI-CLASS system employs a compact, pulsed, coherent CO2 oscillator, a heterodyne receiver, and signal recorder coupled to the AMOS 0.6 m Laser Beam Director to demonstrate target (satellite) acquisition and tracking, illumination, return signal detection, signal recording, and off-line processing for range and range rate extraction and range-amplitude imaging. This paper will discuss the Phase 1 HI-CLASS hardware configuration, test objectives, and test results to date employing cooperative, retro-equipped satellites and describe the Phase 2 hardware currently undergoing initial testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2702, Gas and Chemical Lasers, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236905
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Mark A. Kovacs, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Subrata Ghoshroy, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Victor H. Hasson, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Richard H. Pohle, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Donald Ruffatto, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Stanley R. Czyzak, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Richard Wendt, U.S. Army Space & Strategic Defense Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2702:
Gas and Chemical Lasers
Robert C. Sze, Editor(s)

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