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Airborne Laser Beam Control Technology (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Beam Control thrust involves the development and transition of advanced optical systems for laser propagation and high resolution imaging applications.

Description (U):

(U) In support of Airborne Laser (ABL) beam control technology development, a series of ground field experiments have been completed,
simulating the stressing turbulence conditions and propagation environment expected for the ABL theater missile defense scenario. These
initial experiments used point sources for the adaptive optics and tracking beacons and successfully demonstrated both adaptive optics
compensation and closed-loop tracking performance. These experiments have been repeated with more realistic extended sources
for beacons and with multiple beacon illuminators to mirage scintillation effects on the beacon.

User Impact (U):

(U) None.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Concept/Technology.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U): None.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Beam ControlBeam Control
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

RDT&E Budget Item Project 3326
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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