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Applications and testing of the LSCAD system
Author(s): Mark L.G. Althouse; Robert L. Gross; John T. Ditillo; William M. Lagna; Steve J. Kolodzey; Christopher C. Keiser; Gary D. Nasers
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Paper Abstract

The lightweight standoff chemical agent detector (LSCAD) is an infrared Michelson interferometer operating in the 8 - 13 micron band and is designed primarily for military contamination avoidance and early warning applications. The system is designed to be operated autonomously from a vehicle while on the move and provide 360 degree coverage. The first group of prototypes were delivered in 1994 and have undergone integration into several platforms including the HMMWV, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M109 self- propelled Howitzer and the Pioneer and Hurricane unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). Additional vehicles and platforms are planned. To meet the restrictions of military applications, the prototype interferometer subsystem has a weight of about 10 lbs and is approximately 0.20 cu fit in size. The full system size and weight depends upon the particular platform and its operational requirements. LSCAD employs onboard instrument control, data collection, analysis and target detection decision software, all of which are critical to real-time operation. The hardware, software, and test results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2763, Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification, (17 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.243281
Show Author Affiliations
Mark L.G. Althouse, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
Robert L. Gross, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
John T. Ditillo, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
William M. Lagna, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
Steve J. Kolodzey, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
Christopher C. Keiser, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)
Gary D. Nasers, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2763:
Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification
Mahmoud Fallahi; Ellen A. Howden, Editor(s)

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