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State-Vector Density Functional Method for Kill Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-18-C-7302
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2624
Amount: $1,503,385.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA16-001
Solicitation Number: 16.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-02-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-06
Small Business Information
PO Box 5365
Huntsville, AL 35814
United States
DUNS: 148689842
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael J Guthrie
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 656-2932
Business Contact
 Herbert U. Fluhler
Phone: (256) 651-5673
Research Institution

Measuring and characterizing the post-intercept states of a missile intercept event is critical for determination of interceptor effectiveness. System sensors including radar imaging infrared (IR), ultraviolet (UV), and visible wavelength sensors have been used to characterize these events. FreEnt has developed an innovative approach to post-intercept assessment based on mathematical formalisms successfully employed in particle physics. This approach treats the intercept event as one would treat a particle scattering event in a particle accelerator or collider experiment. The initial states of the target and the interceptor are defined by the kinematics of the hit-conditions and the final states are statistical. These are typically determined from radar tracking data and IR and visible spectra, and imaging data which may identify a particular booster type and hence a set of possible target payloads. The method assumes space-based, ground-based, and airborne sensors are capable of measuring specific state variables which determine the intercept conditions. State-vectors are then defined for the initial and final states of the system from which the SVDF quantity can be computed. This quantity is then shown to be proportional to the probability the final state of the system and target is consistent with the target being defeated. Approved for Public Release | 18-MDA-9522 (23 Feb 18)

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