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21 October 2005 A novel low-cost targeting system (LCTS) based upon a high-resolution 2D imaging laser radar
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BAE SYSTEMS has developed a Low Cost Targeting System (LCTS) consisting of a FLIR for target detection, laser-illuminated, gated imaging for target identification, laser rangefinder and designator, GPS positioning, and auto-tracking capability within a small compact system size. This system has proven its ability to acquire targets, range and identify these targets, and designate or provide precise geo-location coordinates to these targets. The system is based upon BAE Systems proven micro-bolometer passive LWIR camera coupled with Intevac's new EBAPS camera. A dual wavelength diode pumped laser provides eyesafe ranging and target illumination, as well as designation; a custom detector module senses the return pulse for target ranging and to set the range gates for the gated camera. Intevac's camera is a CMOS based device with used selectable gate widths and can read at up to 28 frames/second when operated in VGA mode. The Transferred Electron photocathode enables high performance imaging in the SWIR band by enabling single photon detection at high quantum efficiency. Trials show that the current detectors offer complete extinction of signals outside of the gated range, thus, providing high resolution within the gated region. The images have shown high spatial resolution arising from the use of solid state focal plane array technology. Imagery has been collected in both the laboratory and the field to verify system performance during a variety of operating conditions.
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Robert J. Grasso, Jefferson E. Odhner, John C. Wikman, Fred W. Skaluba, George F. Dippel, Robert V. McDaniel, David S. Ferrell, and William Seibel "A novel low-cost targeting system (LCTS) based upon a high-resolution 2D imaging laser radar", Proc. SPIE 5988, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, 59880L (21 October 2005);


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