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Integration and calibration of the steerable laser projector with the wideband infrared scene projector
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Paper Abstract

Kinetic Energy Weapon (KEW) programs under the Ballistic Missile Defense Office (BMDO) need high fidelity infrared (IR) seekers. As imaging sensors have matured to support BMDO, the complexity of functions assigned to the KEW weapon systems has magnified the necessity for robust hardware-in- the-loop (HWIL) simulation facilities to reduce program risk. The IR projector, an integral component of a HWIL simulation, must reproduce the real world with enough fidelity that the unit-under-test algorithms respond to the projected images as though it were viewing the real world. For test scenarios involving unresolved objects, IR projector arrays have limitations which constrain testing accuracy. These arrays have limited dynamic range, spatial resolution, and spatial bandwidth for unresolved targets, decoys, and debris. The Steerable Laser Projector (SLP) will allow the HWIL simulation facility to address these testing issues. The Kinetic Kill Vehicle Hardware-in-the-loop Simulation (KHILS) facility located at Eglin AFB, FL is now in the process of integrating a projector array with the SLP. This new projector combines the capabilities of both projector technologies to provide KHILS with a unique asset that addresses many of the challenges that are required to support testing of state-of-the-art IR guided weapons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3084, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing II, (15 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280945
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James R. Kircher, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Rhoe A. Thompson, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Cornell, AEgis Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3084:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing II
Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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