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X-Y translation gimbal
Author(s): Laurence C. Toops; Basil Mykytiuk
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Paper Abstract

A sensor mount, in conjunction with a wide coverage lens, is described that uses translational motion to 'point' a sensor. This new 'X-Y translation gimbal' replaced more traditional rotational gimbals or pan-and-tilt mounts in air-launched weapons and air vehicles as well as in land applications. In a typical implementation, a 1/2 inch or 1/3 inch CCD TV camera is placed at the focal plane of a lens with large field coverage. As the TV camera is moved across this focal plane by means of optical bench-type translation rails (linear positioners), the camera images different small portions (the field of view, FOV) of the larger total scene (the field of regard, FOR) imaged by the lens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1697, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VI, (25 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138179
Show Author Affiliations
Laurence C. Toops, Northrop Corp. (United States)
Basil Mykytiuk, Data Transfer, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1697:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VI
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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