Laser Targeting System

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CRANE-99262
Many factors, such as the distance or range to a target object, characteristics of the environment, the sensor system, or the optical source illuminating a target object, influence whether a laser rangefinder or a laser designator can sense a reflected signal from a target object and thus detect or determine a range to a target object.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has developed and patented a method and system for determination of detection probability of a target object based on vibration. This technology is a simulation system for predicting the likelihood of whether a target object positioned in an environment will be detected by a detection system when illuminated by a laser source. This system may be used for a laser rangefinder and a laser designator application, providing a detection probability of a target object at a specified range to the detection system or a plurality of detection probabilities as a function of the range to the detection system.

Advantages:
-Provides an indication of an overlap of the beam provided by the laser source on the target object
-Determines the effect of vibration on the detection of the target object at a specified range

Potential Applications:
-Military
Mar 31, 2009
Utility Patent
United States
8,452,569
May 28, 2013
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