Hardware Description and Performance Capabilities of a Pulsed Kilowatt-Class Coherent CO2 Laser Radar Sensor
TEXTRON SYSTEMS CORP WILMINGTON MA
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A kilowatt-class pulsed carbon dioxide laser radar system was recently installed at the top of Mount Haleakala at the Maui Space Surveillance Site MSSS. The monostatic shared-aperture system was integrated with an existing 0.6M Laser Beam Director LBD telescope and designed to use existing pointing and tracking capabilities at MSSS. The system has a dual LadarLidar capability and currently represents the state-of-the-art SOA in both modes of operation. The key Ladar features include a real-time capability to provide precision tracking and high-resolution range-Doppler and range-amplitude imaging of orbiting targets at ranges of up to 1500km and at data collection rates of up to 30 Hz. A wavelength agile differential absorption Lidar DIAL capability at repetition rates of up to 30 Hz and associated pre-programmed wavelength selection from 9-11 micrometers within the 12C16O2 and 13C16O2 bands. The laser transmitter has a room temperature catalyst and can operate sealed-off with either of these gases.
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Lasers and Masers