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22 September 1983 Low Background Testing At Honeywell
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Honeywell's Low Background Calibration Facility (LBCF) is undergoing an extensive upgrade that will increase the overall testing flexibility while meeting all the performance requirements necessary to calibrate and to provide realistic mission simulations for state-of-the-art IR space sensors. The upgrade includes a new, off-axis optical collimator using a Cassegrain design with an effective focal length of 200 in.; an internal radiometer that will, in effect, calibrate a sample of the test beam while a sensor is under test; and a new source assembly similar to the AEDC Mark 7 design to improve source dynamic range and stability and to increase testing flexibility. Concepts are also being generated for a scenario simulator that will consist of a focal plane with a matrix of 4,000 discrete targets individually controlled by computer to emulate a typical threat scenario. The objective of these upgrades is to provide a facility with total sensor calibration and mission emulation capability without sacrificing the low operational cost that typifies this medium-sized chamber. It will be most useful both for rapid testing of production systems and for economical integration and functional checking of developmental sensors.
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Fernando Faria, Ken Overoye, and Charles Petty "Low Background Testing At Honeywell", Proc. SPIE 0416, Applications of Optical Metrology: Techniques and Measurements II, (22 September 1983);

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