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The FESTER field trial

: Eijk, Alexander M. van; Gunter, Willie H.; February, Faith J.; Maritz, Benita; Vrahimis, George; Koago, Mokete S.; Wainman, Carl; Eisele, Christian; Seiffer, Dirk; Sucher, Erik; Stein, Karin; Iersel, Miranda van; Cohen, Leo H.; Binsbergen, Sven A. van; Heemskerk, H.J.M.; Sternberg, Armin; Schulte, H.; Rheenen, Arthur D. van; Brenthagen, E.; Thomassen, J.B.; Griffith, D.


Eijk, A.M.J. van ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans V : San Diego, California, August 28, 2016
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2016 (Proceedings of SPIE 9979)
Paper 99790Q, 11 pp.
Conference "Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans" <5, 2016, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOSB ()
dynamic signatures; sensor performance; electro-optical propagation; field trial

An overview is given of the First European – South African Transmission ExpeRiment (FESTER), which took place in South Africa, over the False Bay area, centered around Simon’s Town. The experiment lasted from April 2015 through February 2016 and involved continuous observations as well as periodic observations that took place during four Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) of 2 weeks each, which were spread over the year. The continuous observations aimed at a characterization of the electro-optical propagation environment, and included standard meteorology, aerosol, refraction and turbulence measurements. The periodic observations aimed at assessing the performance of electro-optical sensors in VIS / SWIR / MWIR and LWIR wavebands by following a boat sailing outbound and inbound tracks. In addition, dynamic aspects of electro-optical signatures, i.e., the changes induced by variations in the environment and/or target orientation, were studied. The present paper provides an overview of the trial, and presents a few first results.