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Scaled Experiments For Assessment Of Precise Active Tracking
Author(s): R. Pringle; J. A . Gniady; D. H. Liskow; F. J. McClung; S. Monaco
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Paper Abstract

Experiment scaling is described for sub-resolution, active tracking. It is shown that scaling is feasible for emulating long range active tracking. This allows laboratory scale demonstration of nearly every aspect of the full scale situation. The apertures for the scaled laboratory experiments must be pinhole-size of order 1 mm diameter; this allows the experiments to be virtually insensitive to atmospheric turbulence over controlled laboratory air paths up to 100 meters in length. A discussion of several methods for speckle reduction is also included. If an effective space-to-space field experiment is to be carried out, near-term scaled, laboratory experiments should begin. The field experiment can be fully emulated in a scaled laboratory environment, using much of the actual field equipment, e.g., detectors, intensifier, signal processing, controlled steering mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1987
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0641, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing, (1 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.964424
Show Author Affiliations
R. Pringle, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
J. A . Gniady, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
D. H. Liskow, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
F. J. McClung, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
S. Monaco, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0641:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing
Richard R. Auelmann; Herbert L. Richard, Editor(s)

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