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Optical correlator field test results
Author(s): Tracy Dean Hudson; Don A. Gregory; James C. Kirsch; Jeffrey A. Loudin; W. Michael Crowe
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Paper Abstract

A first phase demonstration of the capabilities and limitations of an optical correlator in a realistic environment has been completed. The testing was divided into several areas, from laboratory data gathering to a fully functional helicopter-delivered demonstration airframe. The basic research performed has led to three fully fieldable test units which have proven to be rugged and dependable under normal test range conditions. The units were transportable and required no realignment of the optics. Two of the test systems were modular in construction while the third was a 'solid optic' design having optical paths and components contained within a solid glass construction. Two flights have been completed so far, and in both cases the target was identified and tracked, and an airframe guided to target impact.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1564, Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures III, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49696
Show Author Affiliations
Tracy Dean Hudson, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Don A. Gregory, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
James C. Kirsch, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Jeffrey A. Loudin, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
W. Michael Crowe, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1564:
Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures III
Bahram Javidi, Editor(s)

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