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Design considerations for a multichannel laser radar receiver/processor
Author(s): Francis J. Corbett; Gerry Nordstrom; Michael Groden
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Paper Abstract

HI-CLASS (FLD) Laser Radar Produces 2D range-Doppler images, range-amplitude images, azimuth and elevation offsets and whole body range and Doppler estimates of rapidly moving space based targets. The Receiver-Processor converts the return signature on two selectable waveforms into a heterodyned signal which is subjected to conditioning and normalization in the receiver (e.g., extraction of gross Doppler) and then operated on within the processor, primarily convolution and Fourier transformation, to produce the output products in real time at the operator's workstation. This paper will show the instrument design, and provide a look at some of the parametric trade-offs considered in arriving at the final operating configuration. Details of the hardware, and software architectures will be presented, and the algorithms required for acquisition, tracking, and imaging will be explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1996
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2702, Gas and Chemical Lasers, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236868
Show Author Affiliations
Francis J. Corbett, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Gerry Nordstrom, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Michael Groden, Textron Defense Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2702:
Gas and Chemical Lasers
Robert C. Sze, Editor(s)

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