LADAR IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION
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AbstractThe Phase I effort will provide an integrated design for a CO2 LADAR that meets the performance criteria of: (a) maximum volume = 3 ft.3, (b) minumum power = 75 watts, cw, (c) laser stability < 20 Hz (see discussions in Section III) over 1 msec and 20 KHz over 1 sec, (d) maximum weight = 200 lbs: and to provide a real-time demonstration plan for performing long-range identification. Phase I will examine the new IR&D design of a stable laser oscillator (STALO) to determine its ability meet the revised stability requirement of 20 Hz over 1 msec. The impact of this new design on overall system parameters i.e. size, weight, and volume will be assessed. Current laboratory equipment has demonstrated 100 watts at less than 100 lbs. and a volume of 2 ft. 3 all of which presently meet the remaining requirements for the SBIR. Phase I will also examine methods of providing accurate pointing and tracking for the LADAR equipment. Standoff ranges (> 50 nmi) impose stringent requirements for such. Existing facilities and equipments will be investigated to determine feasibility of interfacing the LADAR equipment to achieve required performance for the ground-to-air demonstration. The design of these equipments will be such that they can be incorporated into aircraft for subsequent Phase III development by the Navy. Issues of standoff ranges against airborne targets will be assessed as to their impact on the design of a stable oscillator laser power output and optical aperture. Modifications to existing equipments will be defined in Phase I for implementation during Phase II. Phase II will demonstrate the capability of a LADAR to perform standoff against aircraft type targets.
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