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Dynamic target board for ABL-ACT performance characterization
Author(s): Charles Higgs; Prescott C. Grey; James G Mooney; Robert E Hatch; R. R. Carlson; Daniel V. Murphy
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Paper Abstract

We have constructed a target-board platform to provide adaptive-optics and tracking performance characterization for the Airborne Laser Advanced Concepts Testbed program. The target board comprises 1536 discrete sensors distributed over a 1-meter by 2.5-meter array mounted to the side of a specially modified Cessna Caravan aircraft. The aircraft platform includes multiple beacon sources for adaptive- optics and tracking, a large-capacity data-recording system and a real-time telemetry ground-link for data display. In this paper we provide an overview of the target-board platform. We discuss the results of requirements analysis for target-board detector configuration, and describe the detailed design and capabilities of the various sub-systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3706, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology II, (3 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.356960
Show Author Affiliations
Charles Higgs, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Prescott C. Grey, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
James G Mooney, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert E Hatch, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
R. R. Carlson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3706:
Airborne Laser Advanced Technology II
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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