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Development And Operating Experience On A Zinc-Sulfide Window For The Infrared Instrumentation System (IRIS)
Author(s): Gerald W. Driggers; Eugene D. Tidwell
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Paper Abstract

The Infrared Instrumentation System (IRIS) was developed and deployed by the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command to gather signature data on objects reentering the earth's atmosphere. The system has subsequently gathered data on a variety of other IR emission sources of interest in the Strategic Defense community. Multiple calibrated IR imaging cameras make it possible to obtain data in two wavebands simultaneously. An airborne platform makes it possible to obtain data at high altitudes in close proximity to many targets. A large zinc sulfide window designed to provide good transmission in visible and IR wavebands has been installed in a removable hatch used in conjunction with the aircraft. Extensive experience in developing and using such a window have been gained as part of the IRIS Program. The IRIS and the window system and experience gained are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1112, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960794
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald W. Driggers, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
Eugene D. Tidwell, U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1112:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials
Paul Klocek, Editor(s)

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