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Optimized State Estimation Algorithms for Fast Hit-to-Kill Engagement

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Department of Defense
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2005 / SBIR
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Propagation Research Associates
1275 Kennestone Circle Suite 100 Marietta, GA 30066-6032
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Optimized State Estimation Algorithms for Fast Hit-to-Kill Engagement
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0171
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) introduces two innovative algorithms to reduce fire control and missile filter transients in short time-of-flight guided missile engagements. A class of Smoothed Iterated Filters is developed as a more efficient implementation of the forward-backward filter and is shown to significantly reduce the impact of filter transients due to initialization error. PRA proposes a Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) algorithm that is computationally efficient and minimizes filter transients. PRA also proposes to investigate the utility of other approaches such as Levinson Auto-Regression and use of external fire control radar data uplinked to the missile to provide improved filter initial states which, in combination with the Smoothed Iterated Filter and/or MLE, will achieve even more reduction in filter transient response. Basically, filter transients are a function of the accuracy of the initial parameters of a filter. For the Kalman filter, the initial parameters consist of a state vector and a covariance matrix. The Smoothed Iterated Filters and MLE provide algorithms that improve the initial state and covariance estimates using the available measurements onboard the missile interceptor. Also, using external data that can be uploaded to the missile either pre-launch or post-launch has the potential to improve filter initialization.

Principal Investigator:

Susan F. Dugas
Vice President

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Susan F. Dugas
Vice President
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1220 Kennestone Circle, Suite E Marietta, GA 30066

EIN/Tax ID: 582611610
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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