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Field ladar demonstration (FLD) system, algorithms, and Phase I/Phase II test results
Author(s): Mark A. Kovacs; Subrata Ghoshroy; Victor H. Hasson; Richard H. Pohle; Francis J. Corbett; Gordon L. Dryden; Donald Ruffatto; Stanley R. Czyzak; Richard Wendt
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Paper Abstract

The High Performance CO2 Ladar 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 I 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. A description of the Phase I satellite ranging and ground-based remote sensing tests verifying the FLD system operating concept will be presented. The cooperative target range and range rate measurements, as well as imaging precursor demonstration, will be discussed. The talk will include a discussion of the 21 km demonstration of remote sensing using natural terrain returns. Results generated on phase I data with the phase II algorithm will also be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 1996
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2748, Laser Radar Technology and Applications, (26 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.243563
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Kovacs, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Subrata Ghoshroy, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Victor H. Hasson, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Richard H. Pohle, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Francis J. Corbett, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Gordon L. Dryden, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Donald Ruffatto, Textron Systems Div. (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. 2748:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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