Preliminary Design Criteria, Performance and Limitations of an Airborne Laser Bathymetric System.
SPARCOM INC ALEXANDRIA VA
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Many of the salient parameters have been determined which define the capability and system requirements for an airborne laserreceiver bathymetric system operating in turbid waters. Laboratory transmissionscattering measurements which had been made of a pulsed blue-green neon laser through waters of varying turbidity were used to develop an empirical model for predicting the performance of an airborne laser bathymetric system. The maximum depth measuring capability alpha h sub max was determined to be approximately 15 attenuation lengths for a laser system operating at 30 kwpeak pulse from an altitude of 500 meters. The optimum scan angle of the laser transmitter was determined to be approximately 20 degrees while the scan rate for a laser pulsing at 100 pps was 0.8 seconds. Airborne and pier measurements are currently being conducted to test the validity of this empirical model. Modified author abstract
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