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Improved airdrop capabilities using a 2-μm laser radar system
Author(s): Richard D. Richmond; Pat D. Woodworth; Jay Alan Overbeck; Michael S. Salisbury; Robert H. Fetner; Ernest E. Armstrong; Leonard T. Masters; Dale T. Brodbeck
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Paper Abstract

One of the primary difficulties with high altitude airdrop missions is the effect of the wind field on the objects dropped. Aircraft crews currently obtain wind fields using a combination of measuring winds at altitude during flight, data from local weather stations and data from balloon launches (radiosondes). This data is used to adjust the cargo release point to compensate for the intervening winds. Since these methods have limited utility, a desired alternative would be a sensor placed on board the aircraft able to accurately measure real time wind fields at any location. The purpose of the project presented is to demonstrate a flightworthy eye-safe solid state laser radar system meeting these criteria. The system, which was assembled from available subsystems not designed nor engineered for this particular application, was named `Interim Operational Capability'. These subsystems were hardened and integrated together in such a way as to be installed on an operational Air Force aircraft in a short time-frame, thereby providing a near term wind field measuring capability for airdrop missions, should the need arise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2748, Laser Radar Technology and Applications, (26 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.243544
Show Author Affiliations
Richard D. Richmond, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
Pat D. Woodworth, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
Jay Alan Overbeck, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)
Michael S. Salisbury, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)
Robert H. Fetner, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)
Ernest E. Armstrong, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)
Leonard T. Masters, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)
Dale T. Brodbeck, Technology/Scientific Services Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2748:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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