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Next-Generation Target State Estimation Algorithms for the Interception of…

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 08-004
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Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Next-Generation Target State Estimation Algorithms for the Interception of Maneuvering Ballistic Missiles
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7267
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00


Hit-to-kill interception of ballistic missile targets is a challenging task requiring the use of highly accurate state estimators for mission success. Estimators based on conventional filtering technologies have now reached a certain level of sophistication, beyond which little additional performance improvements appear feasible. Phase I project developed a new approach for target state estimation which was shown to outperform existing algorithms. A realistic seeker model with non-Gaussian noise and a nonlinear dynamic model capable of reproducing a wide variety of ballistic missile motions observed in practice, were employed in the work. Feasibility of real-time operation of the target state estimation algorithm on a high-performance computing platform was then demonstrated. Phase II work will scale-up the target state estimator including all the model and algorithm refinements. A real-time hardware implementation suitable for assessment in hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation will be created. User interfaces will be provided to help tune the estimator to accommodate actual sensor noise characteristics. Under a subcontract with a major airframe integrator, the estimator performance will be evaluated in Monte Carlo simulations and hardware/software-in-the-loop simulations. Production and flight test of the integrated hardware-software system will be undertaken in collaboration with a systems integrator during the Phase III work.

Principal Investigator:

P. K. Menon
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

P. K. Menon
Small Business Information at Submission:

Optimal Synthesis Inc.
95 First Street Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022

EIN/Tax ID: 770484755
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No