1 August 1991 Optical correlator field demonstration
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A first-phase demonstration of the capabilities and limitations of an optical correlator in a realistic environment has been completed. The testing was divided into several areas, from gathering laboratory data to a fully functional helicopter-delivered demonstration airframe. The basic research performed has led to three fully fieldable test units which have proven to be rugged and dependable under normal test range conditions. The units were transportable and required no realignment of the optics. Two of the test systems were modular in construction while the third was a 'solid optic' design having optical paths and components contained within a solid glass construction. Two flights have been completed so far, and in both cases the target was identified and tracked, and an airframe guided to target impact.
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James C. Kirsch, Don A. Gregory, Tracy Dean Hudson, Jeffrey A. Loudin, and W. Michael Crowe "Optical correlator field demonstration", Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45686; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.45686


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