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Invited Paper Sunlit ICBM Trajectories
Author(s): Arthur S. Jensen; Fred L. Schaff; Leslie L. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

Even under the worst conditions, a surprisingly large fraction of practical ICBM trajectories from launch sites in the Soviet Union to targets in the U.S. are sunlit for a signifi-cant portion of the trajectories' midcourse. Many trajectories are never wholly within the night shadow of the earth. Graphs and tables are presented to illustrate this. The impli-cation is that SDI space sensor systems can advantageously use visible light cameras. Since visible light cameras are much simpler and less costly than infrared cameras, this can both simplify some systems, reduce their weight, and reduce their cost. This should be of importance especially for the earliest deployed SDI systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 1987
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0819, Infrared Technology XIII, (10 November 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941821
Show Author Affiliations
Arthur S. Jensen, Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Center (United States)
Fred L. Schaff, Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Center (United States)
Leslie L. Thompson, Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0819:
Infrared Technology XIII
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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