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Multisensor optics for acquisition, tracking, and pointing applications
Author(s): Elvie E. Mooty; Steven J. Hammer; John E. Miller; Bradley T. Atwater; Eric H. Ford
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Paper Abstract

Protection of high value military equipment against threats requires a robust self defense system. To meet the challenge of defending against a multitude of different types of threats, a fire control system must have the capability to detect, acquire and track, point a mechanisms and launch a device that intercept threats that present different signatures. This paper presents a multisensor optical assembly that has been developed which allows long wavelength, mid-wavelength and near IR energy to be directed to a multisensor suite. This optical assembly is incorporated in the Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing System of the Experimental Small Low-cost Interceptor Device fire control system. In addition to the optical paths the optical assembly contains calibration references for IR two- point calibration. This optical assembly works in concert with a high performance laser pointing system that has a 10,000 degrees per second per second acceleration capability. This combination of systems provides 360 degrees of hemispherical threat acquisition and tracking coverage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3365, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XII, (30 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317521
Show Author Affiliations
Elvie E. Mooty, Boeing North American (United States)
Steven J. Hammer, Boeing North American (United States)
John E. Miller, Boeing North American (United States)
Bradley T. Atwater, Boeing North American (United States)
Eric H. Ford, Eidetic Optical Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3365:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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