Scaled Composites Proteus - Operational History - Airborne Laser Target

Airborne Laser Target

In February 2002, Proteus carried a 30-foot (9.1 m) long pod which served as a target for development of the Airborne Laser system. The pod housed an array of over 2000 small holes containing optical sensors to detect the laser system. Due to scheduling constraits with other Proteus customers, the Airborne Laser never conducted an actual flight test with the Proteus target system. A target system was designed and integrated into the NKC-135 Big Crow aircraft and used for the majority of Airborne Laser testing.

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