Minicomputer Applications in Automated Testing of Electro-Optical Guidance Systems.
ARMY MISSILE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL TECHNOLOGY LAB
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An Automated Laser Seeker Performance Evaluation System ALSPES has been developed which utilizes a minicomputer to implement the control functions required to test electro-optical EO guidance systems. These tests are used by the Government to identify problem areas in the guidance system design and to validate subsequent design changes. Software programs have been written for a series of tests which fully evaluate EO seeker performance. Test conditions are fed into a CRT terminal and the minicomputer conducts a fully automated, hands-off test by varying such parameters as laser energy, target position and velocity, seeker position and angular rate, and time separation between targets. This report discusses the types of automated tests performed, the electro-optical test equipment utilized and the layout of the test facility, the minicomputer to test equipment interface, and the cost savings resulting from the development of this automated test facility.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Optical Detection and Detectors