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Augmented tracking and acquisition system for GBL satellite illumination
Author(s): Aaron Brodsky; Alan Goodrich; David G. Lawson; Richard W. Holm
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Paper Abstract

The Augmented Tracking and Acquisition System (ATAS) provides the tracking acquisition aids, line-of-sight stabilization, and active closed-loop beam centering functions at two ground-based laser tracking sites for the Relay Mirror Experiment (RME). Simultaneous, steady illumination of the RME spacecraft with both ground beacons allows for successful beam relay between the two sites off of the orbiting mirror. Described in this paper is an overview of the functions, control system architectures, major subsystem components (steering mirrors and sensors), and mission operation of the ATAS subsystems. A brief discussion of ATAS evolution is included to show that versatility is needed for success.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45693
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron Brodsky, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Alan Goodrich, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
David G. Lawson, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Richard W. Holm, Phillips Lab. (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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