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High-Resolution Laser Beam Recorder For Near-Real-Time Reconnaissance
Author(s): David J. Nims; J. Mark Lamberton
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Paper Abstract

In the past, various approaches to recording the output of reconnaissance sensors have been evaluated. Before the development of wide band data links, the data was recorded in the air on compact ruggedized laser beam recorders and the film was removed and developed when the aircraft returned to its base. However, in future environments, where information on battlefield situations is constantly changing, the photo interpreter will not be able to wait for the return of the sensor aircraft. Thus, acquisition of image data within time frames as short as technology can provide is a must. Goodyear Aerospace has developed wide band data link capabilities in conjunction with various synthetic aperture radar (SAR) programs. These data links can be modified to accept data,from all other electronic sensors, and thereby provide the sensor information to a ground station in a matter of seconds. This paper develops the history of compact, high speed, ruggedized laser beam recorders developed in conjunction with pre-data link SAR programs, and combines that knowledge with current technology advancements acquired on eight Landsat LBR programs to conclude with the description of a transportable LBR that will provide the photo-interpreter with access to reconnaissance sensor data in near-real time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0175, Airborne Reconnaissance IV, (1 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957207
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Nims, Goodyear Aerospace Corporation (United States)
J. Mark Lamberton, Goodyear Aerospace Corporation (United States)


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

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