Accession Number : AD0904771

Title :   The Optical Sensor and Tracker.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM INSTRUMENTATION DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Bradley, Lester M.

Report Date : AUG 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : The stated objectives of the Optical Sensor and Tracker (OSAT) task were (1) to demonstrate that an automatic optical tracker of advanced design could be built and (2) to demonstrate a superior tracking performance with a high degree of reliability. These objectives were fully met, as were all major objectives of the OSAT program. Design of the OSAT stressed flexibility for the prototype system and resulted in a large and operationally complex system. Testing has shown that a less complex system would offer equal performance and would result in a significant reduction in cost and equipment size. Full control of an optical telescope by the OSAT computer has demonstrated that a significant increase in overall system performance can be achieved for the optical telescopes presently in use at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Based on test results, an outline for a simplfied version of the OSAT is proposed, and the recommendation that such a system be procured and installed on a mobile telescope to demonstrate the capabilities of the sysyem in the field on a day-to-day basis is offered. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OPTICAL TRACKING, AUTOMATIC), (*TRACKING TELESCOPES, REMOTE CONTROL), (*DETECTORS, RELIABILITY), MOBILE, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, TRACKING CAMERAS, GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT, TARGETS, DETECTION, TARGET ACQUISITION, TELEVISION EQUIPMENT, TRACKING, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, GUIDED MISSILE TRACKING SYSTEMS, DATA PROCESSING, SERVOMECHANISMS, RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS), IMAGE MOTION COMPENSATION, CONTROL PANELS.

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE