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Design and validation of the eyesafe ladar testbed (ELT) using the LadarSIM system simulator
Author(s): Kevin D. Neilsen; Scott E. Budge; Robert T. Pack; R. Rees Fullmer; T. Dean Cook
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Paper Abstract

The development of an experimental full-waveform LADAR system has been enhanced with the assistance of the LadarSIM system simulation software. The Eyesafe LADAR Test-bed (ELT) was designed as a raster scanning, single-beam, energy-detection LADAR with the capability of digitizing and recording the return pulse waveform at up to 2 GHz for 3D off-line image formation research in the laboratory. To assist in the design phase, the full-waveform LADAR simulation in LadarSIM was used to simulate the expected return waveforms for various system design parameters, target characteristics, and target ranges. Once the design was finalized and the ELT constructed, the measured specifications of the system and experimental data captured from the operational sensor were used to validate the behavior of the system as predicted during the design phase. This paper presents the methodology used, and lessons learned from this "design, build, validate" process. Simulated results from the design phase are presented, and these are compared to simulated results using measured system parameters and operational sensor data. The advantages of this simulation-based process are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7323, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIV, 73230B (2 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818856
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin D. Neilsen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Scott E. Budge, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Robert T. Pack, Utah State Univ. (United States)
R. Rees Fullmer, Utah State Univ. (United States)
T. Dean Cook, NAVAIR Weapons Division (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7323:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIV
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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