Accession Number : ADD004557

Title :   Laser Missile Guidance System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Otto,William F ; McKnight,William B ; Fagan,James J

Report Date : 07 Dec 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This document describes a laser missile guidance system in which a projectile or missile is fired toward a predetermined target with the missile being tracked on its flight toward the target by laser radar, processing the laser radar information in a computer apparatus and finally computing a new trajectory from the missile to the target and transmitting correctiong signals to a correction device on the missile including thrusters on the missile to cause the trajectory of the missile to be changed to the newly computed trajectory for the missile. This system corrects the trajectory of the missile while in flight by recomputing a trajectory from the missile to the predetermined target and making appropriate corrections each time. This enables the missile to only contain laser radar reflecting means, and correction detection and control means on the missile rather than having gyro and laser type devices on board the missile which take up a considerable amount of space and weight. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Laser guidance, Guided projectiles, Optical tracking, Targeting, Computer applications

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Optical Detection and Detectors
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE