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Results from precision tracking tests against distant objects
Author(s): Jim F. Riker
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Paper Abstract

In order to assess an object in space, in the air, or on the ground, it is first necessary to acquire and track it. In this paper, we will discuss distant object tracking, both passively and actively, and show some recent results from the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) site and also from the Starfire Optical Range (SOR). In the past ten years, we have moved well beyond passive tracking on objects, to obtain the first-ever high-bandwidth closed loop tracks on skin satellites. But even passive tracking has developed further, with the advent of new sensor technology and also new beam control stabilization techniques. We will review some of our results here. In addition, a colleague and I have developed some new techniques to unambiguously estimate the active tracking jitter and boresight errors solely from the signal returned by the object being illuminated. We will review some of those results as well, and point the reader toward a more thorough published paper on that topic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6569, Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXI, 65690H (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723596
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Jim F. Riker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6569:
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXI
Steven L. Chodos; William E. Thompson, Editor(s)

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