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Infrared Landing System For A Mini Remotely-Piloted Vehicle
Author(s): R. Paulson; E. Price; J. Hodor; J. Barney
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Paper Abstract

An infrared automatic landing system for guiding a mini remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) into a net has been designed and conceptually tested. The system consists of a ground-based pulsed GaAs laser transmitter illuminating a cooperative RPV, and a ground-based tracking receiver sensing the position of the RPV. This position information is telemetered back through the control link to the RPV to guide it down. A key element in the system is a state-of-the-art tracking receiver that has no moving parts, but uses a holographic field lens to do the real-time signal processing. The receiver, besides providing position data, also gives ranging information. The complete landing system is packaged in a battery operable box critically placed on the ground at the landing area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1977
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0124, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III, (9 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955862
Show Author Affiliations
R. Paulson, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
E. Price, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
J. Hodor, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
J. Barney, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0124:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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