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Cold background, flight motion simulator mounted, infrared scene projectors developed for use in AMRDEC Hardware-in-the-Loop facilities
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present the results and progress of AMRDEC'S development of two cold background, flight motion simulator (FMS) mountable, emitter array based infared scene projectors for use in hardware-in-the-loop systems simulation. The goal for this development is the ability to simulate realistic low temperature backgrounds for windowed/domed seekers operating in tactical and exo-atmospheric simulations. Two projectors have been simultaneously developed; the first represents a streamlined pathfinder version consisting of a Honeywell emitter array and refractive optical system contained within an FMS-mountable environmental chamber cooled to -55 degrees Celsius. The second system is the full-capability version including a cryogenically operated BRITE II emitter array, zoom optics, integrated steerable point source and high-frequency jitter mirror contained within a similar FMS-mountable environmental chamber. This system provides a full-FOV cold background, two dimensional dynamic IR scene projection, a high dynamic range independently steerable point source and combined optical path high frequency jitter control. Both projectors are designed to be compatible with operation on a 5 axis electric motor driven Carco flight motion simulator. Results presented will include design specifications, optical performance, samlple imagery, apparent temperature and proposed future improvements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5408, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing IX, (4 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543808
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas M. Cantey, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
D. Brett Beasley, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Matt Bender, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Tim Messer, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Daniel A. Saylor, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Jim A. Buford, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5408:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing IX
Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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