Accession Number : ADD014286

Title :   Defense to Laser Light Irradiation.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 6 Jan 82, patented 1 Aug 89,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Barry, James D ; Kennedy, Chandler J

Report Date : 01 Aug 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A satellite defends itself by having a plurality of corner cube retroreflectors with shutters, each having a laser light sensor. It is assumed that the attacker first must obtain positional and range information with a pulsed laser. When one of the sensors detects these low power laser pulses, it causes the shutter of the corner cube array to open and return the pulses with sufficient strength to saturate or damage the attack sensors. Patents. (JHD)

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *LASER COUNTERMEASURES, *SPACECRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEMS, RETROREFLECTORS, MILITARY SATELLITES, OVERLOAD, SHUTTERS(OPTICS), CORNER REFLECTORS

Subject Categories : Optical Countermeasures
      Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE