26 April 1995 Unmanned aerial vehicle based agile optical beam steering system
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This paper addresses the potential augmentation of a quasi-stationary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a highly agile beam steering optical system. In addition to the primary application of relaying laser power from a ground station to low earth orbit satellites, applications include (1) precision tracking and ranging at distances of a few hundred kilometers, (2) covert communications to distances of 80 km utilizing only a modulable corner cube at the receiving end and (3) pollution detection and control and (4) continuous meteorological analysis of high altitude wind, CO2 content, liquid water content, ice particle effective radius, effective drop size, optical depth and density, turbulence structure and emissivity profile.
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Lewis F. DeSandre, Lewis F. DeSandre, Harold E. Bennett, Harold E. Bennett, Howard Hyman, Howard Hyman, "Unmanned aerial vehicle based agile optical beam steering system", Proc. SPIE 2376, Laser Power Beaming II, (26 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208212; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.208212
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