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The Small Format Camera For Tactical Reconnaissance
Author(s): Ralph W. Fisher
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Paper Abstract

Our concern is with payload requirements and moldline conformity of tactical reconnaissance aircraft. We have observed the size and weight of photo reconnaissance sensors continually increase while other avionic equipment has shown an opposite trend. Certainly with advances in optics, film and servo control technology, the trend in photo reconnaissance equipment should have been the opposite, also. The requirements for reducing the size of high performance tactical reconnaissance cameras is very real even in manned reconnaissance aircraft because of the present requirement for a real time reconnaissance capability. Real time sensors are themselves large, bulky, and unreliable. If photo reconnaissance is to survive--and it certainly would be a disaster if it did not--cameras must be made much smaller so they can be colocated with the advanced equipment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1975
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 0058, Effective Utilization and Application of Small Format Camera Systems, (1 September 1975); doi: 10.1117/12.954332
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Ralph W. Fisher, McDonnell Aircraft Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0058:
Effective Utilization and Application of Small Format Camera Systems
Francis R. LaGesse, Editor(s)

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