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Semi-active laser (SAL) last pulse logic infrared imaging seeker
Author(s): James E. English; Ronald O. White
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Paper Abstract

The Semi-Active Laser (SAL)/Infrared Imaging (I2R) Seeker concept consists of utilizing a small single Silicon PIN Photodiode detector in conjunction with a staring midwave infrared focal plane array (FPA) and correlating the temporal laser returns obtained from the PIN detector with the spatial laser returns obtained from the FPA. The correlation of the spatial-temporal returns will allow identification of the correct laser return on the FPA. Once the correct laser return is identified, the seeker can position a track gate about the designated target identified by the correct laser return and generate guidance commands to guide a missile to a target. The concept will enable SAL, I2R, or SAL/I2R (simultaneous) processing to be accomplished. Guidance commands will be generated with the FPA detector only, using the multispectral data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4372, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XII, (10 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.439147
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James E. English, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)
Ronald O. White, Raytheon Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4372:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XII
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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