Aircraft Position Measurement Using Laser Beacon Optics.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This thesis examines the development of a system to precisely measure the relative position between two aircraft in-flight utilizing a laser beacon, an optical detector array, and on-board microprocessing. The laser beacon board, mounted on the helicopter, consists of two orthogonal fan-shaped narrow width beams, which rotate at a constant four revolutions per second and have fields of view approaching 166 degrees. The photodiode transmits the detected beams, as pulses, to an electronics system where they pass through a band-pass filter and are converted into digital pulses for signal processing. The laser pulses are detected in the presence of background solar interference through optical spectral filtering of the incident light and electronic filtering of the photodiode signal. Initial tests of the laser beacon and the detector optics have demonstrated the potential for their use as elements of a relative position measurement system.
- Air Navigation and Guidance