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Anchoring WaveTrain to Air Force Research Laboratory Airborne Laser Advanced Concepts Testbed Experiments

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) carried out Airborne Laser Advanced Concepts Testbed (ABL-ACT) experiments at North Oscura Peak (NOP) on White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). The first major series of experiments was the Dynamic Compensation Experiment (DyCE) which demonstrated the ABL-ACT system's atmospheric compensation performance utilizing a cooperative beacon against a dynamic (aircraft) target under various atmospheric conditions. WaveTrain was used to obtain a priori performance predictions and in performing simulations which helped in understanding the system performance during and after the experiments. The distribution of the results of DyCE experiment are limited and have not been approved for release in this form. The results are described in the DyCE Final Report available to authorized recipients through the AFRL:

Whiteley, M. R., et al, Airborne Laser Advanced Concepts Testbed Dynamic Compensation Experiment (DyCE), Final Report, May 2000.

WaveTrain has also been used for performance predication and system analysis for the follow-on Non-Cooperative Dynamic Compensation Experiment (NoDyCE). A preliminary report has been published and the final report is due to be published in the late spring of 2001.