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A Modular Framework for Optimization of Pursuit Evasion Strategies for Hypersonic Intercept

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-23-C-7124
Agency Tracking Number: B2-3242
Amount: $1,499,931.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA21-017
Solicitation Number: 21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-02-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-02-02
Small Business Information
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Kamisky
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Tanu Singhal
Phone: (256) 361-0799
Research Institution

The overall goal of this SBIR project is to develop a framework for creating simulation-based differential games for evaluation and optimization of pursuit and evasion strategies for hypersonic missile defense. In Phase I, the key software modules within the tool were developed, and proof-of-concept was demonstrated via case studies considering differential games of interest. Phase II efforts will focus on 1) extending the modeling and simulation capability to support a broader range of vehicle with subsystems resolved at higher fidelity in more complex engagement scenarios; 2) refining the machine learning-based guidance techniques through provision of additional information, more robust training procedures, varying architectures, and built-in fail-safe mechanisms; 3) defining differential games in which threats are forced to compete with interceptors; 4) developing and tuning optimization techniques to better support scheduling decision variables, categorical decision variables, and adversarial optimization studies; 5) performing optimization using the differential games to optimize dynamic flight behavior of hypersonic interceptor and threat vehicles to identify improved pursuit and evasion strategies; 6) extracting knowledge through application of the tool to define requirements and to inform technology investment; 7) demonstrating the capability applied to MDA relevant scenarios and agents and 8) identifying beyond Phase II technology maturation and transition opportunities. Successful development of the proposed framework will provide a powerful tool for identifying optimized guidance, navigation and control strategies for hypersonic pursuit and evasion from simulation-based differential games. Approved for Public Release | 22-MDA-11340 (16 Dec 22)

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