21 September 2004 Laser diode array demonstration results for nighttime operational naval reconnaissance
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The Airborne Littoral Reconnaissance Technologies (ALRT) project has developed and successfully demonstrated a nighttime operational minefield detection capability using commercial off-the-shelf high-power Laser Diode Arrays (LDAs). The Coastal System Station's ALRT project, under funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has been designing, developing, integrating, and testing commercial arrays using a Cessna airborne platform over the last several years. This has led to the development of three test bed variants, as reported on last year: the Airborne Laser Diode Array Illuminator prototype (ALDAI-P), the original commercial array version (ALDAI-C), and the most recent wide field-of-view commercial version (ALDAI-W). Using the ALDAI-W variant because of its increased operational capabilities with higher altitudes and wider field of views, ALRT recently demonstrated nighttime operation by detecting minefields over several background variations, expanding Naval reconnaissance capabilities that had been previously limited to daytime operation. This paper describes the demonstration and shows results of the ALDAI-W test.
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Suzanne Stetson, Suzanne Stetson, Harold R. Suiter, Harold R. Suiter, John H. Holloway, John H. Holloway, Andrew J. Nevis, Andrew J. Nevis, Frank J. Crosby, Frank J. Crosby, Kenneth Tinsley, Kenneth Tinsley, Chuong Pham, Chuong Pham, Ned H. Witherspoon, Ned H. Witherspoon, "Laser diode array demonstration results for nighttime operational naval reconnaissance", Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543051; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.543051

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