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Field Ladar Demonstration (HI-CLASS) program: a review of the phase 2 testing effort
Author(s): Mark A. Kovacs; Gordon L. Dryden; Victor H. Hasson; Donald Ruffatto; Richard H. Pohle; Richard Wendt; Stanley R. Czyzak; Debora E. Mosley; Marsha J. Fox
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Paper Abstract

The Field Ladar Demonstration (FLD) program (also known as the Hi-Class-High Performance CO2 Ladar Surveillance Sensor) which is building a high power, coherent, carbon- dioxide, multi-function laser radar at the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS) facility on Mt. Haleakala, Maui has completed its Phase 2 testing. The Phase 2 effort has the primary objective of demonstrating that a subset of the final system components (oscillator, receiver, processor and beam director) provide the capability required for an operational hardbody and remote chemical detection sensor. The final major component, the power amplifier, will be added in Phase 3. The objectives for this phase include real-time satellite metric determination and demonstrations of range-Doppler imaging and long range, remote chemical species detection (lidar). Specifically, the Phase 2 testing will demonstrate: real-time (30 Hz) generation of satellite range and range rate; detection of return signals from 'uncooperative' satellites (having no retro-reflectors); wideband imaging; and measurement of path-integrated chemical species absorption at long range (18 km) using a coherent DIAL technique and the FLD, wavelength agile transceiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2987, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Applications II, (4 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271574
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Mark A. Kovacs, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Gordon L. Dryden, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Victor H. Hasson, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Donald Ruffatto, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Richard H. Pohle, Textron Systems Div. (United States)
Richard Wendt, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (United States)
Stanley R. Czyzak, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Debora E. Mosley, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Marsha J. Fox, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2987:
Gas and Chemical Lasers and Applications II
Robert C. Sze; Ernest A. Dorko, Editor(s)

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