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Self-Calibrating Low Power Laser Rangefinder For Space Applications
Author(s): Sigmund Manhart; Peter Dyrna
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Paper Abstract

A pulsed laser diode ranging system is described that contains glass fibre reference paths. By repetitively switching between target measurements and calibration measurements via the fibres the target range data are directly related to the fixed fibre calibration paths. Since long term stability of the rangefinder time base is no longer mandatory, a very high frequency digitizer clock can be used. Within a limited distance range of some meters accurate and fast range measurements are possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1986
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0663, Laser Radar Technology and Applications I, (6 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938663
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Sigmund Manhart, MBB ERNO Space Division (Germany)
Peter Dyrna, MBB ERNO Space Division (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0663:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications I
James M. Cruickshank; Robert C. Harney, Editor(s)

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