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An all-beryllium-aluminum optical system for reconnaissance applications
Author(s): Michael J. Russo
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Paper Abstract

BAE Systems has developed an all-beryllium-aluminum version of the F-9120; a compact, lightweight, dual-band Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) long range sensor for high altitude tactical reconnaissance applications. The use of beryllium-aluminum as a common mirror and structure material provides a novel sensor solution that satisfies the military's need to gather high quality, long range, simultaneous, visible and infrared imagery at a lower cost. This paper will discuss the formulation and implementation of BAE Systems innovative material approach as well as its manufacturing and performance advantages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7425, Optical Materials and Structures Technologies IV, 74250H (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828495
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Michael J. Russo, BAE Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7425:
Optical Materials and Structures Technologies IV
Joseph L. Robichaud; William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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