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Active tracking with moderate power lasers
Author(s): Jim F. Riker; Robert Q. Fugate; Trae Holcomb; Joshua L. Kann; William H. Lowrey; Ann C. Slavin; James M. Spinhirne; Andrea L. Tuffli; James M. Brown II
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Paper Abstract

Progress on active tracking at the Starfire Optical Range (SOR) has been significant in the years 2003-2004. We have obtained laser returns from a number of retro-reflector and also unaugmented satellite objects, and compared the signal returns to theories presented in previous SPIE papers (ref. 1-3). These results have concentrated on very low-power, sinusoidally-modulated lasers and a large-aperture, phase-sensitive detection receiver to discriminate the return signal from background and noise. This year, we have installed and used a much higher average power, high-repetition-rate pulsed laser in order to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. Results from these laser engagements will be presented along with simulation and theoretical comparisons. Techniques for diagnosing the laser uplink and the receiver systems will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5552, Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation, (18 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.562298
Show Author Affiliations
Jim F. Riker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Q. Fugate, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Trae Holcomb, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Joshua L. Kann, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
William H. Lowrey, Boeing LTS (United States)
Ann C. Slavin, Boeing LTS (United States)
James M. Spinhirne, Boeing LTS (United States)
Andrea L. Tuffli, Boeing LTS (United States)
James M. Brown II, SAIC Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5552:
Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation
Michael T. Valley; Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Editor(s)

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