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Steering and positioning targets for HWIL IR testing at cryogenic conditions
Author(s): D. W. Perkes; G. L. Jensen; D. L. Higham; H. S. Lowry; W. R. Simpson
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Paper Abstract

In order to increase the fidelity of hardware-in-the-loop ground-truth testing, it is desirable to create a dynamic scene of multiple, independently controlled IR point sources. ATK-Mission Research has developed and supplied the steering mirror systems for the 7V and 10V Space Simulation Test Chambers at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). A portion of the 10V system incorporates multiple target sources beam-combined at the focal point of a 20K cryogenic collimator. Each IR source consists of a precision blackbody with cryogenic aperture and filter wheels mounted on a cryogenic two-axis translation stage. This point source target scene is steered by a high-speed steering mirror to produce further complex motion. The scene changes dynamically in order to simulate an actual operational scene as viewed by the System Under Test (SUT) as it executes various dynamic look-direction changes during its flight to a target. Synchronization and real-time hardware-in-the-loop control is accomplished using reflective memory for each subsystem control and feedback loop. This paper focuses on the steering mirror system and the required tradeoffs of optical performance, precision, repeatability and high-speed motion as well as the complications of encoder feedback calibration and operation at 20K.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6208, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XI, 62080C (16 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669303
Show Author Affiliations
D. W. Perkes, ATK-Mission Research (United States)
G. L. Jensen, ATK-Mission Research (United States)
D. L. Higham, ATK-Mission Research (United States)
H. S. Lowry, Aerospace Testing Alliance (United States)
W. R. Simpson, Aerospace Testing Alliance (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6208:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XI
Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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