Airborne Laser Turret

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    Close up of the Lockheed Martin Airborne Laser Turret in a clean room

    1. gatechcycling 62 months ago | reply

      What's the range up to these days? I've read there are still problems with diffusion through the atmosphere.

    2. Lockheed Martin 62 months ago | reply

      We are not able to provide any information on range for security reasons. Regarding compensation for atmospheric turbulence, the Airborne Laser (ABL) Beam Control/Fire Control system in 2007 flight tests successfully directed the beam generated by a surrogate High Energy Laser at a missile-shaped target on the side of a USAF Big Crow aircraft -- verifying ability to maintain beam focus while continuously tracking a target. The system located and tracked the target, determined range to the target and then compensated for atmospheric turbulence.

    3. gatechcycling 62 months ago | reply

      Are these compensations done in a manner similar to the mirrors on the large array telescopes?

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