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High accuracy LADAR scene projector calibration sensor development
Author(s): Hajin J. Kim; Michael C. Cornell; Charles B. Naumann; Mark H. Bowden
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Paper Abstract

A sensor system for the characterization of infrared laser radar scene projectors has been developed. Available sensor systems do not provide sufficient range resolution to evaluate the high precision LADAR projector systems developed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). With timing precision capability to a fraction of a nanosecond, it can confirm the accuracy of simulated return pulses from a nominal range of up to 6.5 km to a resolution of 4cm. Increased range can be achieved through firmware reconfiguration. Two independent amplitude triggers measure both rise and fall time providing a judgment of pulse shape and allowing estimation of the contained energy. Each return channel can measure up to 32 returns per trigger characterizing each return pulse independently. Currently efforts include extending the capability to 8 channels. This paper outlines the development, testing, capabilities and limitations of this new sensor system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6942, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XIII, 694206 (16 April 2008);
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Hajin J. Kim, U.S. Army RDECOM, Aviation & Missile RDEC (United States)
Michael C. Cornell, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Charles B. Naumann, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)
Mark H. Bowden, Optical Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6942:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XIII
Robert Lee Murrer Jr., Editor(s)

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