atmospheric turbulence


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atmospheric turbulence

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ′tər·byə·ləns]
(meteorology)
Apparently random fluctuations of the atmosphere that often constitute major deformations of its state of fluid flow.
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Atmospheric absorption, atmospheric turbulence, and curvature of the earth all limit the full potential of high-energy laser weapons.
Optics, capable of making hundreds of adjustments per second, have been developed to compensate for atmospheric turbulence.
This technique dramatically reduces blurring from atmospheric turbulence.
In addition to validating the navigation system, the testing collected drogue motion data when the aircraft and refueling equipment were subjected to atmospheric turbulence and aircraft maneuvers, which included various pilot control inputs.
To enable the surrogate beam to focus on the simulated target, the system first located and tracked the target, determined range to the target and then compensated for atmospheric turbulence.
When Kobayashi estimated the effects of these gusts, he found that the atmospheric turbulence was strong enough to create free oscillations on both planets.
The AOptix wireless optical terminals utilize a unique bi-directional, adaptive optics method of beam control to compensate for real-time atmospheric turbulence while maintaining lock between two terminals.
Pathfinder-Plus' final mission in September 2005 saw the featherweight craft perform atmospheric turbulence measurements at Edwards AFB under the auspices of NASA Dryden.
Caused by atmospheric turbulence, this troublesome effect blurs images and limits the resolving power of optical telescopes on Earth.
The track illuminator laser is designed to track a target, while the beacon illuminator laser is intended to measure atmospheric turbulence that the high-energy chemical laser would encounter in its path to the target.
For this study, the team will use a high-resolution telescope at Steward Observatory near Tucson recently outfitted with a mirror that changes position to compensate for the distorting influence of atmospheric turbulence.

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