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Electro-Optical System Replaces Film In Military Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS)
Author(s): Garth Orgill
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Paper Abstract

The requirements of military commanders for near real-time images of battlefield situations has long been frustrated F photographic film-based reconnaissance systems that need time consuming chemical processing. This has led to ti development of magnetic tape-based reconnaissance systems in which the aerial camera has been replaced with sophisticate electro-optical (EO) sensors. In the EO system, the electrical signal output from the EO sensor is digitized and recorded on tap while the reconnaissance aircraft is making a high-speed, low level pass over the battlefield targets to be imaged. Upon recut to the recovery site, just minutes after imaging the targets, the aircraft transmits the recorded images over a microwave dat link to an analysis facility at or near the battlefront. The tactical information thus received is only moments old and can be actel upon immediately. The high data rates involved in recording and reproducing the high-resolution images required by the El reconnaissance systems has necessarily imposed new and demanding performance requirements on the magnetic tape recorde These performance requirements have been met by the DCTR-A120 airborne recorder designed and built by DATATAP Incorporated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1156, Airborne Reconnaissance XIII, (1 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962484
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Garth Orgill, DATATAPE Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1156:
Airborne Reconnaissance XIII
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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