Accession Number:

ADA370498

Title:

ISTEF Active Imaging Program,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NICHOLS RESEARCH CORP SHALIMAR FL

Report Date:

1995-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The BMDO Innovative Science and Technology Experimentation Facility BMDOISTEF active imaging program is engaged in an ongoing program to develop and demonstrate advanced laser imaging concepts for Ballistic Missile Defense BMD. As an example, we present results from our support of the Eastern Range ER launch of the Titan B33 Cassini. This support was a result of ER Range Safetys concerns over their inability to precisely monitor the status of the launch vehicle in the earliest stages of flight. Existing passive CCD video cameras are blinded by the bright solid rocket plume during the first few seconds of launch and, in the case of Cassini, this was a critical portion of flight. Several factors of this launch posed unique safety concerns. First, this space probe had a significant amount of Plutonium Oxide on board as a heat source for its Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators RTGs. Second, the Titan IVB launch vehicle had the new Solid Rocket Motor Upgrade SMRU with gimbaled nozzles and this was only its second flight. Third, the launch occurred at night, which compounded the effect of the bright plume on conventional CCD cameras. We will also present our plans to upgrade our laser imaging system to include a polarization sensing capability. This upgrade is a joint venture with the University of Central Florida UCF.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE