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The design and implementation of a laser rangefinder/designator beam metrology system for beam characteristic analysis through environmental and atmospheric conditions at the Crane division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Author(s): Christopher T. Middlebrook; Robert M Bunch; Bill Helms
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Paper Abstract

The accuracy of laser designators and range finders must be precise in order to be effective. If the operator only believes he or she is designating a target the results can be catastrophic. Range measurements for navigation may not be correct, potentially causing a collision. Reverse positioning inaccuracy may result in ordnance being misdelivered. If laser designation is incorrect, the target may be missed. Therefore in order to measure the laser designators and range finders performances and capabilities a Laser Rangefinder/Designator Beam Metrology System (LRDBMS) for beam characteristic analysis through environmental and atmospheric conditions was designed and implemented. The LRDBMS is in place at the Night Vision Electro-Optics (NVEO) Outdoor Laser Target Range located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. Atmospheric modeling software was evaluated and chosen in order to predict what is being measured by the LRDBMS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5413, Laser Systems Technology II, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542837
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher T. Middlebrook, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Robert M Bunch, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Bill Helms, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. Crane (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5413:
Laser Systems Technology II
William E. Thompson; Richard L. Brunson, Editor(s)

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