29 March 1996 Phase 1 high-performance CO2 ladar surveillance sensor description and test results
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The High Performance CO2 Lidar Surveillance Sensor system (HI-CLASS) is a state-of- the-art coherent ladar system which will provide precision tracking and high resolution imaging at the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS). System development is occurring in 3 phases representing increasing hardware/software complexity and system capability. The recently-completed Phase 1 HI-CLASS system employs a compact, pulsed, coherent CO2 oscillator, a heterodyne receiver, and signal recorder coupled to the AMOS 0.6 m Laser Beam Director to demonstrate target (satellite) acquisition and tracking, illumination, return signal detection, signal recording, and off-line processing for range and range rate extraction and range-amplitude imaging. This paper will discuss the Phase 1 HI-CLASS hardware configuration, test objectives, and test results to date employing cooperative, retro-equipped satellites and describe the Phase 2 hardware currently undergoing initial testing.
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Mark A. Kovacs, Subrata Ghoshroy, Victor H. Hasson, Richard H. Pohle, Donald Ruffatto, Stanley R. Czyzak, Richard Wendt, "Phase 1 high-performance CO2 ladar surveillance sensor description and test results", Proc. SPIE 2702, Gas and Chemical Lasers, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236905; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.236905
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