Accession Number:

ADA028800

Title:

Laser Quadrant Tracker Simulation.

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

GENERAL RESEARCH CORP MCLEAN VA WASHINGTON OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

The performance of a quadrant detector located in the focal plane of an optical system viewing a laser-illuminated rotating target is evaluated. The output signal is characterized by a computer program that synthesizes the return from complex target geometries and radiance distributions, the viewing optics, detector geometry, and post-detection processing electronics. The computer program was exercised to determine the performance of both trackers and signature analyzers for a series of system parameter values and targets of both simple and complex shape. The computer simulations indicate that open-loop pointing errors with deviations sufficient to limit the performance of a number of electro-optic systems can occur.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE