DESIGN FOR A LASER RANGEFINDER
Rept. for Jul 1963-Jul 1964
NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA
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In order to design a laser rangefinder, it is necessary to predict the effect that a change of any variables will have on the expected performance. Preliminary aspects of the overall design are discussed giving a general background in the current state of the art. A derivation of the relationship between the parameters in what is generally called the range equation is shown. Methods for determining the parameters are presented and it is shown how the parameters affect the performance specification. The second half of the thesis computes the range equation and presents the design for a rifle rangefinder. The intent is to give a specific example for the material in the preceding discussion, and also to report on this design, which is being developed as a prototype model for military use. The rifle rangefinder is a portable instrument designed to be mounted on a rifle in place of the usual telescopic sight. It is extremely lightweight less than 5 lb and sets the rifle to the correct elevation semiautomatically.
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