EM Enhanced KE Projectile
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
A feasibility study of an EM enhanced kinetic energy penetrator (EME pentrator) for ASAT application is proposed that negates the satellite's functional capabilities while minimizing space debris. The projectile is designed to penetrate the satellite and then generate a high amplitude EMP. Energizing the pulser after penetration minimizes the effectiveness of the satellit'e EM shielding and penetration minimizes the effectiveness of the satellite's EM Shielding and closely couples the EMP signal to the targets electronic systems. This permits the modest electrical energies that can be stored in the projectile to be lethal. Since the Kill Mechanism is EM rather than KE debris production can be minimized. Confirmation that a satellite has been intercepted cna be detected by monitoring. The study will determine the feasibility of the concept, define the critical characteristics of each functional element, identify the risks associated with the development of the concept, and plan for the mitigation of those risks. Ech of the critical technologies has been demonstrated. The challenge therefore is to synthesize a militarily useful system.
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Principal Investigator:Frank W. Davies
901 Pennsylvania Ave. Ne Albuquerque, AL 87110
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