Accession Number:

ADA094745

Title:

Optical Correlation Seeker.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY MISSILE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL RESEARCH DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

1980-05-05

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

A new concept in seekers has been developed by integrating the sensor with an Optical Data Processor ODP. The resulting system, in a terminal guidance submissile configuration, will recognize a tank if there is one in the field of view, discriminate between friend and foe, and provide guidance signals to home in on the target. The system will fit in a 150 mm diameter by 20 mm section, and consume less than one watt of power. The system will have retargeting and damage assessment capabilities. This new concept is the culmination of a number of years of research in optical data processing at the Missile Command, focusing on three main problems real time data input, sensitivity to orientation or aspect, and size of the system. The first problem was solved by contractural development of a liquid crystal coherent image modulator, the second problem by the in-house invention of a multiplexed filter, and the third problem with the development of an ODP system which operates with a laser diode. This development opens the door to move ODP from the laboratory into Army application. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE