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Title: Optical identification beacon

Abstract

A laser beacon may be attached to a vehicle, object, or personnel, or be incorporated into an existing vehicle optical emitter via software and/or hardware, that allows the vehicle, non-vehicle object, or associated personnel to be uniquely identified using a small telescope with a high-speed photodetector. The telescope may be an amateur telescope with a high speed-photodetector, which significantly reduces cost over more complex optical telescopes. Beacons may also be attached to objects that become space debris, such as fuel tanks, rocket stages, cubesat dispensers, and the like. The beacon may be suitable for use in space, in the air, on water, or on land.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568162
Patent Number(s):
10,250,336
Application Number:
15/232,857
Assignee:
Triad National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 08/10/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Palmer, David. Optical identification beacon. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Palmer, David. Optical identification beacon. United States.
Palmer, David. Tue . "Optical identification beacon". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568162.
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abstractNote = {A laser beacon may be attached to a vehicle, object, or personnel, or be incorporated into an existing vehicle optical emitter via software and/or hardware, that allows the vehicle, non-vehicle object, or associated personnel to be uniquely identified using a small telescope with a high-speed photodetector. The telescope may be an amateur telescope with a high speed-photodetector, which significantly reduces cost over more complex optical telescopes. Beacons may also be attached to objects that become space debris, such as fuel tanks, rocket stages, cubesat dispensers, and the like. The beacon may be suitable for use in space, in the air, on water, or on land.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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