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Evaluation Of The Electronic Solid-State Wide Angle Camera System (ESSWACS)
Author(s): Mike Poore; James Rachel
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Paper Abstract

The Electronic Solid State Wide Angle Camera System (ESSWACS) is a real time, high resolution, multi-lens sensor capable of producing wide angle (1400) imagery for high speed/low altitude tactical reconnaissance missions. Five separate lenses, each with its own Charge Coupled Device (CCD) array, collect image data from sectors of the 140° scene; some airborne processing is done to transmit data through an airborne data link. A ground station processor abuts the adjacent lens signals and prints hard copy reconnaissance products through a Tactical Laser Beam Recorder (TLBR). The ESSWACS flight test program consisted of 20 flights over MIL STD 150-A resolution targets and some representative tactical targets. The objectives of the test program were to demonstrate the design concepts under selected V/H and illumination conditions, and to gather knowledge in quantifying future CCD systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1979
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0175, Airborne Reconnaissance IV, (1 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957195
Show Author Affiliations
Mike Poore, Air Force Avionics Laboratory (United States)
James Rachel, Air Force Avionics Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0175:
Airborne Reconnaissance IV
Charles Haney; Donald Jarvis, Editor(s)

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