Support to CBWCOM/Army CP-Lidar Program
SCHAFER CORP ARLINGTON VA
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The tasking to Schafer Corporation from Edgewood Arsenal, the Army and CBWCOM Agent for this program was to assist them in developing and fielding seven 7, later reduced to six 6, eye-safe LIDAR units being developed by Schwartz Electro-Optics, Inc. of Orlando, FL and Fibertek, Inc. of Herndon, VA and designed to be mounted in Apache helicopters, The purpose of these units is to detect by light-scattering LIDAR technology low-lying less than 2,000 feet clouds of aerosols with a shape similar to a cigar. Such a cloud form would be expected from low-flying aircraft dispersal e.g. a crop duster or a truck-mounted dispersal. It is assumed that innocent civilian activity with a similar resultant signature would not be occurring in a war zone. The particular issues on which Edgewood Arsenal requested that Schafer Corporation concentrate their technical efforts were centered on the laser radar, particularly the laser transmitter. The program is about 14 months over schedule at this time but nominally on current budget lines. This program has a relatively high visibility to the US Congress.
- Optical Detection and Detectors