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8 September 1998 Applications of the HI-CLASS (high-performance CO2 laser radar surveillance sensor) laser system for active imaging of space objects
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The HI-CLASS is a high power, wideband, coherent laser radar (ladar) for long range detection, tracking, and imaging located at the Maui Space Surveillance Site. HI-CLASS will be used to provide high precision metrics as well as information for images of space objects and remote sensing with the same system. The four phases of the HI-CLASS hardware development program were completed in Fall 1997. During this development contract, hardware and software were developed for two different modes of operation; a ladar mode for active imaging of satellites, and a lidar model for remote sensing atmospheric measurements. Throughout the contract, data were collected which provided a demonstration of the system capabilities which validated technology and designs required for fielding operational systems. The HI- CLASS follow-on demonstration program is currently being performed under an Air Force contract. The follow-on demonstrations will provide the groundwork to an upgrade program currently under consideration by the Air Force. HI- CLASS provides high accuracy tracking in position and velocity simultaneously, and by ultimately providing size, shape and orientation information, it will help assess adversary capabilities. HI-CLASS has the potential to address operational areas of need for increased capability for information about space objects. The follow-on contract effort and the HI-CLASS upgrade effort will provide a demonstration of these potential applications of the HI- CLASS system.
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Debora E. Mosley, Charles L. Matson, and Stanley R. Czyzak "Applications of the HI-CLASS (high-performance CO2 laser radar surveillance sensor) laser system for active imaging of space objects", Proc. SPIE 3380, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, (8 September 1998);


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