Plume Modulation IR Signature For Boost-Phase/Staging Detection And Threat Discrimination (BMDO/00-003E - IR>0.9 microns)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F0461103C0035
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0422
Amount: $749,380.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
174 North Main Street, P.O. Box 1150, Dublin, PA, 18917
DUNS: 929950012
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neeraj Sinha
 Vice President & Technica
 (215) 249-9780
Business Contact
 Neeraj Sinha
Title: Vice President & Technica
Phone: (215) 249-9280
Research Institution
The time-varying plume infra-red (IR) signature modulation provides a marker that allows a plume signal to be discriminated, in frequency space, from a cluttered background. From the perspective of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), it provides a novelopportunity for Early Launch Detection & Tracking (ELDT) of threat targets. For BMD-related development of guidance sensors for interceptors, the modulation character in a spatially resolved plume acquires increased significance. Absence of a high-fidelityplume signature modulation model has hindered exploitation of this distinctive phenomenon for ELDT & Boost Phase Intercept (BPI). CRAFT Tech proposes development of a first-principles based plume signature temporal modulation model, calibrated by detailedexperiments and flight measurements, and demonstrated via application to liquid and solid propellant fueled threat systems of interest to MDA. The modeling, based on Large Eddy Simulation (LES), provides direct predictions of time-resolved characteristicsof turbulent structures in afterburning plumes. A unique high-throughput, parallel computing architecture seamlessly interfaces the flowfield and radiative transfer modeling to provide corresponding time-resolved IR emission predictions.

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