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ATP system target for performance scoring
Author(s): Timothy Tamerler; James A. Dowling; Michael A. Dillow; Henry R. Sebesta
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Paper Abstract

The US Air Force Phillips Laboratory is developing the High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABE) to investigate acquisition, tracking, and pointing concepts to be employed in engagements against boosting missiles in near-space environments. In its most stressing test, HABE employs the Inertial Pseudo Star Reference Unit to provide inertially stabilized line-of-sights (LOSs) for an illuminator laser, active fine track camera, and the marker scoring. The latter serves to measure and score the payload's laser pointing performance. HABE's LOS stabilization subsystem and marker laser pointing are required to demonstrate jitter and drift which is below 1 (mu) rad RMS, a requirement which stresses testing capabilities. At present, a system does not exist to characterize and score the lasers used on this and other experiments at the target plane. This paper will address a concept to provide accurate characterization of laser systems in the far-field target plane.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3086, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XI, (23 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277192
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy Tamerler, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
James A. Dowling, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Michael A. Dillow, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Henry R. Sebesta, Applied Technology Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3086:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XI
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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