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Kinematic algorithms for line-of-sight pointing and scanning using INS/GPS position and velocity information
Author(s): J. M. Hilkert
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Paper Abstract

A common requirement in electro-optical surveillance or weapon delivery systems is to point at or scan a target from a moving vehicle. The required gimbal commands are developed and presented for a variety of gimbal configurations using position and / or velocity information such as is commonly available from an onboard INS or GPS system. Both pointing angle and angular rate approaches are considered along with considerations for back-scanning with, for example, a fast steering mirror. The results are also shown to be applicable as a rate-aiding enhancement to many closed-loop tracking systems. While no fundamentally new techniques are presented in this paper, an organized approach to a common problem is presented along with some control system implementation issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5810, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIX, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602265
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J. M. Hilkert, Alpha-Theta Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5810:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIX
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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