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Optimal Sensor Scheduling for Ballistic Missile Defense

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
81668
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-009-0780
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Incorporat
559 West Uwchlan Avenue Suite 140 Exton, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Optimal Sensor Scheduling for Ballistic Missile Defense
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-08-C-7912
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

Our Phase I research involved the development of an innovative sensor scheduling algorithm in support of Ballistic Missile Defense. This algorithm schedules multiple diverse and distributed sensors to perform time-critical tasks relating to multiple moving targets; specifically, to detect, classify, localize, track, support the interception of, and conduct BDA for ballistic missiles throughout their trajectories. Our technique generalizes Brown's algorithm, which allocates search effort in order to maximize the probability of task success. The first iteration uses a myopic approach to optimally schedule the sensors at each successive time step; subsequent iterations incorporate both future and past information to account for long-term conditions. Each target is modeled by a collection of "sub-targets" (or "particles"), which represent potential target paths. During Phase I, we developed the algorithm's operating framework, including models for Phased Array Radar and Infrared-like sensor classes. Then, our Matlab demonstration verified algorithm computational tractability and showed that the long-term schedules utilize sensor resources more efficiently, even given the short timeframes involved. Furthermore, when sensors of differing abilities are available, the algorithm appropriately leverages each sensor's strengths. In Phase II we will develop a more detailed full-scale prototype in a low-level programming language and test it on realistic scenarios.

Principal Investigator:

Joni E. Baker
Associate
7577277700
joni@va.wagner.com

Business Contact:

W. Reynolds Monach
Vice President
7577277700
GovtMktg@pa.wagner.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

DANIEL H. WAGNER, ASSOC., INC.
40 Lloyd Avenue Suite 200 Malvern, PA 19355

EIN/Tax ID: 231677707
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No