Final Environmental Assessment for High Altitude Mobile Pointing Platform Tests
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM DIRECTED ENERGY DIRECTORATE
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The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate AFRLDE located at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico proposes a series of high altitude balloon borne tests in support of research to advance technology for laser beam propagation through the atmosphere. Propagation testing at the Starfire Optical Range SOR has historically used space objects e.g., stars, orbiting satellites or horizontal path tests with lab instrumentation at both ends. In order to meet its current mission and technical goals in a timely and cost-effective manner, AFRL proposes to develop and fly a high altitude, near-space platform containing a small, tracking telescope and low-power laser with appropriate sensors for acquiring and tracking a telescope on the ground at the SOR. AFRLDE is developing a program called High Altitude Mobile Pointing Platform HAMPP to facilitate laser propagation testing. AFRLDE is teaming with personnel from the AFRL Space Vehicles AFRLVS Balloon Program to provide integration, facilities, and launch demonstrations of this technology. The HAMPP Program would demonstrate tracking and very low power laser propagation with facilities at Kirtland AFB via an optical telescope at an altitude of approximately 100,000ft 30km and a maximum range of 1,148,350ft 350km. The HAMPP telescope would also be used in horizontal ground tests between the SOR ground site and the SOR s two-mile remote site. The HAMPP flight program would take place from approximately December 2005 to December 2007.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Environmental Health and Safety