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Teal Amber Development And Field Demonstration Results
Author(s): C. R. Johnson; L. E. Dean; H. J. Strasler
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Paper Abstract

Deep space surveillance is going through an evolutionary process. The impetus for this evolution stems from the changing threat and the requirement to perform more demanding missions. These requirements have placed severe demands on our existing technology and stimulated the search for new technology developments that will provide higher performance. The emergence of charge coupled device (CCD) technology offers great promise in the area of deep space surveillance. To pursue further the capability of CCD's and to quantify their performance advantages, DARPA sponsored the Teal Amber I program in early 1976. Teal Amber I is designed to develop visible CCD technology and to conduct a focal plane development and demonstration program. This paper presents the reader with a description of the sensor system concept, an overview of the process by which it is derived, and the performance predictions for the sensor in a full-up focal plane configuration. The focal plane processing system is described along with the development and status of the imager charge coupled devices. The paper concludes with a description of the Phase II demonstration program and the perform-ance results that were achieved in Phase II.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0203, Recent Advances in TV Sensors and Systems, (12 December 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.958132
Show Author Affiliations
C. R. Johnson, Rockwell International (United States)
L. E. Dean, Rockwell International (United States)
H. J. Strasler, Rockwell International (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0203:
Recent Advances in TV Sensors and Systems
Charles Freeman, Editor(s)

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