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1 December 1991 Reconnaissance and imaging sensor test facilities at Eglin Air Force Base
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Recently, the Air Force Development Test Center (AFDTC) has assembled an extensive capability to test reconnaissance and imaging sensors. Both ground testing and highly dynamic flight testing are available using an extensive array of calibrated engineering targets and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) category tactical targets. Both infrared (IR) and electro- optical (E-O) targets are available. In-flight evaluations of resolution and sensitivity provide greater insight into system performance than classically calculated or laboratory measured parameters which have difficulty modeling the in-flight environment (e.g., aircraft motion, vibration, thermal dynamics, etc.). The ability to evaluate a system in-flight with sufficient fidelity provides a more realistic measure of the subsystem interaction and operational performance. This paper describes the technical test facilities available at AFDTC, to include engineering targets, tactical targets, instrumentation, and host platforms available for testing reconnaissance and imaging sensor systems. Targets available near AFDTC and procedures to utilize AFDTC resources are discussed.
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Stephen R. Pratt and Robert J. Tucker "Reconnaissance and imaging sensor test facilities at Eglin Air Force Base", Proc. SPIE 1538, Airborne Reconnaissance XV, (1 December 1991);

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