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Pave Spike Video Film Recorder
Author(s): Curtis D. Solheim
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Paper Abstract

In recent months the Air Force has initiated a request to photograph video displays in their Pave Spike system. Certain constraints were included in this request which dictated the following basic objectives in development of a video film recorder: 1. An optical design which would allow direct film recording of the video display without impairing the observer's view. 2. A mechanical design which would (a) not interfere with the pilot's ejection envelope, (b) provide reasonably easy installation and (c) allow loading and unloading of the magazine without removal of the camera. 3. An electronic design which would provide synchronization of camera operation to the 60 Hz field sync signal available from the video display equipment and automatic recording during laser firing. To satisfy the above objectives, Perkin-Elmer agreed to provide an engineeting evaluation and test unit for initial ground and flight testing. This unit included certain features which are not incorporated in the final production design. The results of the evaluation tests provided specific guidelines for a final design and it is this design which is described in the following text.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1973
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0036, Military Airborne Video Recording: Requirements, Utilization, and Technology, (1 October 1973); doi: 10.1117/12.953708
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Curtis D. Solheim, Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0036:
Military Airborne Video Recording: Requirements, Utilization, and Technology
Stanley J. Rostocki, Editor(s)

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