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Evaluation of handheld laser communicators for airborne applications
Author(s): Robert J. Feldmann
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Paper Abstract

The use of hand held laser communications devices for airborne applications is described. The usefulness of a laser communicator versus the more common flashing light system is discussed as is the ability to hold the laser spot on target. Potential sources for detecting the laser communications signal have been examined and evaluated. System improvements with regard to the concept of deployment is also discussed. The Air Force performs airborne laser communications experiments to examine the potential usefulness of this technology to existing and future aircraft. Lasers can be used, for example, to replace flashing light signals which are commonly employed on a variety of missions. Laser communications have a high degree of security and resistance to jamming and detection which increases the survivability of the users against hostile threats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1218, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18208
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Robert J. Feldmann, Wright Research and Development Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1218:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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