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Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS) Technology Status
Author(s): David J. Wilson; Shelby C. Kurzius; B. Hobson Shirley; W. W. Montgomery; Carl J. Buczek; Charles DiMarzio
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Paper Abstract

Technology requirements are identified for 5 year operation of a LAWS type instrument between on-orbit maintenance visits. This paper statuses identified technology maturity levels. While LAWS is certainly an advanced technology instrument, the technologies required for most LAWS subsystems have either been previously demonstrated as flight hardware or will be demonstrated in the near future. The transmitter laser is the principle subsystem requiring technology enhancement. The basic LAWS subsystems are delineated as follows: transmitter laser; receiver-processor; optical; mechanical and support; command, control, communications; and electrical power. The following paragraphs present each of these subsystems and current as well as projected technology status for assemblies of each.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1181, 5th Conf on Coherent Laser Radar: Technology and Applications, (12 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.963754
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David J. Wilson, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Shelby C. Kurzius, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
B. Hobson Shirley, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
W. W. Montgomery, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Carl J. Buczek, Laser Systems and Research (United States)
Charles DiMarzio, Northeastern University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1181:
5th Conf on Coherent Laser Radar: Technology and Applications
James W. Bilbro; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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