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Doppler Beam Sampling Study. Volume II. Preliminary Design of Mobile Navigation Laboratory.

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Final rept. 19 Apr 71-30 Jun 72,

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The Mobile Navigation Laboratory MNL preliminary design task consisted of the system definition and design of an extremely flexible and general purpose instrumented vehicle for use in conducting navigation system development and evaluation tests. A forty-foot, single-compartment, 3-axle coach configuration was selected as the optimum vehicle available. A dual-computer data processing system physically separating the functions of reference navigation and test implementation was selected as the configuration most likely to result in flexible test programs. A real time monitor was developed which can be used in both computers to minimize the software development required to support the navigation laboratory. Included in the data processing system are hardware peripheral devices capable of flexible man-to-machine communication and real time test monitoring. Considerable additional peripherals provide a large and expandable data recording capability which is compatible with existing data processing systems for offline data reduction and program development. The basic Air Force test objectives for the vehicle were analyzed to develop a system concept and equipment configuration. Available off-the-shelf equipment was surveyed to select an equipment complement for the vehicle. The basic vehicle, operators console layout, data processing system, and supporting subsystems were designed to provide a complete, self-supporting, navigation test vehicle which offers a flexible and operable facility for the development of new techniques and the integration and testing of advanced navigation hardware. Author

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

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