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Tactical air reconnaissance pod system: completely digital TARPS-CD and fast tactical imagery
Author(s): John N. Lee; Melvin R. Kruer; Robert Tourville; Daniel J. Henry; Glen Wada
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed and tested the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System-Completely Digital (TARPS-CD) System on the F-14 Tomcat aircraft. This system has been used in a risk reduction demonstration program extending from January 1999 to July 2001. The purpose of the program is to verify, validate and demonstrate the concept of realtime tactical reconnaissance using timely, high quality and broad coverage tactical imagery, thus expanding the reconnaissance capability of the U.S. navy. Additionally, the program was to identify potential technical risks associated with the Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) Program, the Navy's future manned tactical reconnaissance capability. The TARPS-CD flight test program has demonstrated that near real-time, electro- optical, airborne reconnaissance, as planned for SHARP, is valid and feasible. The TARPS-CD system collects high quality imagery at high data rates with the capability of storing, displaying, and/or transmitting imagery in a timely manner, and represents a significant increase in operational capability over existing film type systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4492, Airborne Reconnaissance XXV, (21 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451124
Show Author Affiliations
John N. Lee, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Melvin R. Kruer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Tourville, Naval Air Systems Command (United States)
Daniel J. Henry, DCS Corp. (United States)
Glen Wada, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4492:
Airborne Reconnaissance XXV
Wallace G. Fishell; Arthur A. Andraitis, Editor(s)

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