Missile Plume Temporal Intensity Fluctuation Exploitation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$737,893.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-04-C-0307
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0574
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA03-079
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
COMBUSTION RESEARCH & FLOW TECHNO
6210 Keller's Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
929950012
Principal Investigator:
Neeraj Sinha
Vice President & Technica
(215) 766-1520
sinha@craft-tech.com
Business Contact:
Neeraj Sinha
Vice President & Technica
(215) 766-1520
sinha@craft-tech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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 novel opportunity 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 an engineering-oriented, plume signature modulation phenomenology model has hindered exploitation of this distinctive phenomenon for ELDT & Boost Phase Intercept (BPI). CRAFT Tech proposes development of a rapid turnaround hypertemporal intensity (HTI) model, calibrated by flight measurements, and demonstrated via application to liquid and solid propellant fueled threat systems of interest to MDA. The novel modeling utilizes stochastic turbulence estimation techniques for extending conventional plume signature methodology into the hypertemporal regime. The model is supported by a comprehensive HTI database of spectral characteristics derived from past/upcoming flight measurements, launch observations and restrained firings, representing liquid and solid propellant-fueled threat and surrogate systems. A seamless architecture for combined hypertemporal flowfield & IR modeling, with a GUI-driven Expert Interface, has been envisioned leading to the development of the RPFM-HTI code.

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