Development and Evaluation of a Laser Angular Rate Sensor for Use in Severe Environmental Applications. Volume 1
Final rept. 1 Apr 1966-1 Nov 1968
HONEYWELL INC MINNEAPOLIS MN
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This summary volume is Volume 1 of three volumes which make up the Final Technical report for the Laser Angular Rate Sensor LARS program. The program was sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency and was contracted and administered by the Army Missile Command. The purpose of the program was to develop and qualify a rate sensor for anti-ballistic missile applications. Following an extensive developmental phase, two flight-weight LARS units were fabricated and subjected to a thorough range of performance and environmental tests. The environmental tests were extremely severe, taxing the capability of state-of-the-art test facilities. Program results were very encouraging in all aspects. Performance goals were met or exceeded in seven of eight key areas. The reaction time goal was not met, but the technology is now available to provide the very fast reaction time characteristics desired. Environmental goals were met or exceeded in five of the seven major environments. In the two areas -- temperature range and random vibration -- the technology is also now available to meet the program objectives.
- Lasers and Masers
- Antimissile Defense Systems