Adaptive Guidance Against Maneuvering Targets for Ballistis Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W91260-09-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: B073-012-0577
Amount: $599,912.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-012
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
1603 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, GA, 30253
DUNS: 626911259
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Eric Corban
 CTO
 (770) 898-9100
 ec@guidedsys.com
Business Contact
 Scott Vinson
Title: VP Operations
Phone: (770) 898-9100
Email: sv@guidedsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Existing approaches to guidance and estimation for intercept of maneuvering targets are often dependent on assumed models of maneuvering target behavior. We have shown in Phase I that intercept lethality can be dramatically reduced when an interceptor guidance strategy optimized for a specific maneuvering target type encounters a target whose behavior differs from that of the assumed model. We then demonstrated in simulation the ability to augment a baseline combination of guidance and estimation with an adaptive element. Through rapid adaptation, the augmented system performs well against a variety of maneuvering targets. The adaptive approach appears to be especially beneficial when the inceptor does not enjoy a large acceleration advantage over the target. In partnership with Lockheed Martin, the phase II program shall (1) refine the adaptive approach developed in Phase I; (2) provide quantitative demonstration of improved or same Agile Kill Vehicle lethality compared to traditional guidance laws pitted against uncertain maneuvering threats in high fidelity simulation, and do so without dependence on models of target behavior; and (3) provide qualitative demonstration of the potential to further optimize overall system design by achieving a reduction in interceptor acceleration capability required to maintain required interceptor lethality against uncertain maneuvering targets.

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