0899586-A2 is referenced by 2 patents and cites 10 patents.

The present invention provides a laser tracking system including a laser generator (22) for generating a beam of laser energy (T), a beam steerer (24) for steering the beam of laser energy (T) such that it moves in a search pattern, and a receiving device (16) that receives laser energy (R) reflected from a targeted object (11) and that causes the beam steerer (24) to vary the search pattern in response to the reflected laser energy (R).; A tracking method associated with the laser tracking system includes the steps of generating a beam of laser energy (T), steering the beam of laser energy in a search pattern, detecting a hit spot (12) formed from laser energy being reflected from a targeted object (11), diminishing the size of the search pattern in response to the detection of the hit spot (12), and focusing the diminished search pattern on a feature of the targeted object (11) corresponding to the hit spot (12). The laser tracking system and associated method presented provide a number of advantages over conventional tracking systems. The laser tracking system employs closed loop methodologies allowing the system to accurately track targeted objects using continuously updated tracking data. The laser tracking system is able to seek and lock on to vulnerable features of potential targets.; Further, the laser tracking system is able to maintain a desired aim point indefinitely and without operator intervention. This aim point maintenance allows an associated weapon to disable a target, despite any relative tracker-target motion during the munitions launch and flight.

Title
Target-tracking laser designator
Application Number
EP19980112745 19980709
Publication Number
0899586 (A2)
Application Date
July 9, 1998
Publication Date
March 3, 1999
Inventor
Livingston Peter M
US
Assignee
Trw
US
IPC
G01S 17/66
G01S 17/00
G01S 07/48
F41G 07/20
G01S 17/66
G01S 17/46
G01S 07/48
F41G 07/26
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