9 November 1977 Infrared Landing System For A Mini Remotely-Piloted Vehicle
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An infrared automatic landing system for guiding a mini remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) into a net has been designed and conceptually tested. The system consists of a ground-based pulsed GaAs laser transmitter illuminating a cooperative RPV, and a ground-based tracking receiver sensing the position of the RPV. This position information is telemetered back through the control link to the RPV to guide it down. A key element in the system is a state-of-the-art tracking receiver that has no moving parts, but uses a holographic field lens to do the real-time signal processing. The receiver, besides providing position data, also gives ranging information. The complete landing system is packaged in a battery operable box critically placed on the ground at the landing area.
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R. Paulson, R. Paulson, E. Price, E. Price, J. Hodor, J. Hodor, J. Barney, J. Barney, } "Infrared Landing System For A Mini Remotely-Piloted Vehicle", Proc. SPIE 0124, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III, (9 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955862; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955862

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