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Development of Validated Plume Signature Codes at Nontraditional Wavelengths Utilizing Ground Based Simulation Facilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7004
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1739a
Amount: $498,774.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-033
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-05-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1077
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Oakes
 Principal Research Scient
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to utilize ground-based experimental simulation facilities to obtain critical velocity dependent cross section data necessary to extend and validate MDA/DESHs high altitude plume signature model: SOCRATES-P. This work will enhance the capability of SOCRATES-P to accurately account for plume phenomenology with optical signatures outside the traditional 2.5V5.0 fYm wavelength band. In Phase II, we will use our tunable, hypervelocity O-atom/N2 source (6-12 km/s) referred to as FAST to measure velocity dependent cross sections of hyperthermal reactions of relevant plume species (e.g. H2O, NH3, fuels) with O-atom and N2 beams. The Phase II effort includes an upgrade to the FAST system enabling measurement of the internal energy distribution (rotational-vibrational) of reaction products using laser spectroscopic techniques. The combined data will be used to update and validate reaction rates related to alternative wavelength plume phenomenology in SOCRATES-P. The Phase II program will result in the development of high fidelity, validated plume signature codes encompassing a greater range of plume phenomenology than current tools and will enhance MDAs ability to accurately predict target/interceptor signatures. Phase II will also establish a premier, state-of-the-art test facility that will remain available to MDA to validate future enhancements to SOCRATES-P.

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