Imaging Lidar-Based Aim Verification Method and System
Patent, Filed 22 Jul 97, patented 3 Nov 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An aim verification method and system utilize an imaging lidar that transmits a first beam of radiation within the imaging lidars field of view. Reflected backscattered energy associated with the first beam within the field of view increases in an area thereof when a target is present therein. A radiation source is coupled to a gun and transmits a second beam of radiation in line with the aimpoint of the gun towards the area of increased reflected backscattered energy associated with the first beam. The second beam has a greater energy density than the first beam and has a cross-section that is smaller than the target. An energy detector is used to sense the reflected backscattered energy associated with the second beam. The gun is aimed at the target when the reflected backscattered energy associated with the second beam is greatest in the area of the field of view of increased reflected backscattered energy associated with the first beam.
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