Airborne Optical Systems Test Bed (AOSTB)
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States
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This report details the challenge project tasked with the development of an airborne optical testing platform to provide an infrastructure for exploration of novel sensors capable of foliage penetration, and phenomenology exploration. This platform consists of an aircraft, an optical bench, a Geiger-mode laser radar payload, and space for additional sensor integration. The creation of such a platform defrays up to 3,500,000 in sensor development and integration costs, per customer, and up to 300,000 in annual aircraft use fees. Due to this lower cost of entry, The Laboratory is able to take advantage of an otherwise unavailable source of revenue from small data-centric programs, to generate an additional 3-7M in annual revenue.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Lasers and Masers
- Optical Detection and Detectors