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Development of the multi-mode external lighting system for aircraft (M2ESA)
Author(s): John J. Martin
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Paper Abstract

This paper documents the development of the Multi-Mode External Lighting System for Aircraft (M2ESA), a solid-state near-IR and visible light emitting diode-based programmable system designed to replace existing incandescent navigation lights on the exterior of military aircraft, and tailored for use with night vision goggles. Integrated systems of optics, electronics and mechanical structures were designed that were compatible with legacy aircraft systems, and which thus conformed to rigid configuration requirements and severe volume constraints. The genesis of the concept, evolution and general architecture of the system, top-level performance and environmental requirements, integration on the designated aircraft platform (the F-15), and general results of flight demonstration assessments are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5942, Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems II, 59420E (20 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613705
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John J. Martin, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5942:
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems II
Roland Winston; R. John Koshel, Editor(s)

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