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Air truth: operation of a remotely controlled infrared camera and ground-air video/data link during airborne lidar tests
Author(s): Robert J. Nemzek
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Paper Abstract

In early tests of an airborne lidar platform, we confirmed the utility of an elevated, ground-based infrared camera as a chemical plume diagnostic. For a series of lidar tests during the summer of 1998, we carried this concept a step further, by adding a digital data link to pass infrared camera video and other data streams to and from the aircraft in real time. In addition, the entire system had to be operated from a distance, for safety considerations. To achieve this goal under a restricted budget and significant time and effort constraints, we assembled a system using primarily off-the-shelf components and software requiring little customization. Remote system control was achieved by a set of radio modems, while the aircraft data link was effected via wireless ethernet connection. The system performed reliably throughout the test series.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3757, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366433
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Robert J. Nemzek, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3757:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III
Arthur J. Sedlacek III; Kenneth W. Fischer, Editor(s)

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