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Laser Tracking System-Single-Station Cinetheodolite Ranging And Auto-Tracking
Author(s): R. E. Strane
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Paper Abstract

The conversion of a Contraves cinetheodolite to provide laser derived range data, angular correction and automatic tracking capabilities is described. A variable pulse rate Neodinium YAG laser provides the quasi TEMoo laser pulses which are used to provide both range and angular tracking error data. The cinetheodolite has been modified to provide direct drive torque motor in both elevation and azimuth optical section axes. A separate followup servo is incorporated to drive the base section which supports the major system electronic assemblies and the operator. A micro-processor is utilized to provide active control of most laser and servo functions. Data obtained during acceptance tests and operation of the system at Edwards AFB is also being presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1978
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0134, Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation, (11 September 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956099
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R. E. Strane, Contraves Goerz Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0134:
Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation
Walter J. Carrion; Jed E. Durrenberger; Richard K. Petersen; John Cornell, Editor(s)

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