Accession Number : ADD000442

Title :   An Improved Optical Tracking System.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Koso,D A

Report Date : 03 Aug 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The patent application discloses a star tracking system that aligns the optical axis of the system with the desired star in a rapid manner by providing an intentional star image wobble into a circle about the optical axis to develop equal electrical signals from segments from a segmented photodetector. The radius of the star image is equivalent or greater than the star image projected upon the segmented photodector. In addition a new and novel method of star tracking is disclosed.

Descriptors :   *Optical tracking, *Stars, Patents, Photodetectors

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE