Accession Number:

ADA390250

Title:

Hardware Description and Performance Capabilities of a Pulsed Kilowatt-Class Coherent CO2 Laser Radar Sensor

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

TEXTRON SYSTEMS CORP WILMINGTON MA

Report Date:

1999-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE