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Taking pictures from geosynchronous orbit

Sep. 27, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Raytheon has won an $11 million Air Force contract to develop the long-range imaging LADAR (LRIL) transceiver. LRIL, an Air Force Research Laboratory project, “will demonstrate the state-of-the-art in inverse synthetic aperture LADAR (ISAL) technology with the objective of producing an ISAL image from a space object in geosynchronous orbit,” according to a Department of Defense announcement.

Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, Phase I will comprise a laboratory demonstration of ISAL at the Maui Space Surveillance Site as well as modeling and simulation. Phase II will be a low-power demonstration of ISAL on a space object in middle Earth orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Phase III will add an adaptive optics atmospheric compensation system, while Phase IV will integrate a high-power laser illuminator as well as ISAL imaging of non-optically augmented geosynchronous objects.

The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2018.

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