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11 September 1978 Laser Tracking System-Single-Station Cinetheodolite Ranging And Auto-Tracking
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Proceedings Volume 0134, Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation; (1978) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.956099
Event: Photo and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation, 1978, Fort Walton Beach, United States
Abstract
The conversion of a Contraves cinetheodolite to provide laser derived range data, angular correction and automatic tracking capabilities is described. A variable pulse rate Neodinium YAG laser provides the quasi TEMoo laser pulses which are used to provide both range and angular tracking error data. The cinetheodolite has been modified to provide direct drive torque motor in both elevation and azimuth optical section axes. A separate followup servo is incorporated to drive the base section which supports the major system electronic assemblies and the operator. A micro-processor is utilized to provide active control of most laser and servo functions. Data obtained during acceptance tests and operation of the system at Edwards AFB is also being presented.
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R. E. Strane "Laser Tracking System-Single-Station Cinetheodolite Ranging And Auto-Tracking", Proc. SPIE 0134, Photo- and Electro-Optics in Range Instrumentation, (11 September 1978); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.956099
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