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Laser Tracker II: Sandia National Laboratories second-generation laser tracking system
Author(s): Duane L. Patrick
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Paper Abstract

Laser Tracker II has essentially one moving part. A double-gimbaled mirror directs two laser beams to a cooperative target. The mirror catches the return beams and an optical image for test information. The receivers for the return beams are image dissectors. During the test the dissectors sense a change in target position and generate an error signal to drive the mirror. To produce real-time three-dimensional position data, the tracker uses range, azimuth, and elevation readings. This raw data is shipped through the real-time control microcomputer system to a minicomputer which is also used to operate the tracker. A second minicomputer is used to produce finished trajectory data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45685
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Duane L. Patrick, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1482:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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