Accession Number : AD1033558

Title :   The Airborne Optical Systems Testbed (AOSTB)

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

Personal Author(s) : Albota,Marius A ; Gurjar,Rajan S ; Mangognia,Anthony V D ; Dumanis,Daniel ; Edwards,Brendan R

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Report Date : 31 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Over the last two decades MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MITLL) has pioneered the development of enabling technologies and systems for high-sensitivity, photon-counting, scanning three-dimensional imaging laser radar (3D ladar). Examples include the ALIRT mapping and MACHETE foliage-penetrating ladars. While these and other systems have been transitioned to operation, there is a need to maintain a testbed for novel phenomenology investigation and validation of new sensor architectures. To that end, MITLL has developed an airborne optical system testbed (AOSTB) that is re-configurable, allows for roll-on roll-off capability, and can accommodate multiple sensors on a low-operating-cost Twin Otter aircraft. AOSTB mission areas include wide-area down looking high-resolution imaging, side-looking and up-looking laser ranging and tracking, and sensor fusion with EOIR cameras and hyperspectral payloads. We describe the AOSTB ladar system, present recently collected airborne down and side-look 3D data, and discuss testbed configurations that can support various defense and non-DoD applications.

Descriptors :   lasers , remote detectors , optical detectors , photons , laser applications , photodiodes , laser radar , avalanche photodiodes

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE