While the development of laser sources is carried out in the laboratory, results for beam propagation and effects are only reliable if they are obtained under real environmental conditions. The DLR optical test range at Lampoldshausen allows the performance of measurements and experiments under real atmospheric conditions. Taking into account the current guidelines and standards for laser safety, the optical test range is part of the safety concept of the DLR site at Lampoldshausen.
With its 130-metre optical test range, the facility is equipped for a wide range of applications in terms of its supply and measurement technologies. A sophisticated basic design enables the inclusion of various laser systems, measurement procedures and complex receiver systems. Advanced video and control technology complement structural laser safety measures and allow extensive experiment information to be acquired. The complexity and diversity of the meteorological effects is supported by extensive weather measurement technology. In addition to the inner-institute work on laser beam propagation and detection, the optical test range can be made available to customers and adapted to their needs.