The Turbulence-Enhanced Monocular Passive Rangefinding (TEMPR) System for Improved Boost-Phase Ballistic Missile Tracking

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-09-C-0114
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-050-0064
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-050
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Argos Intelligence, LLC
3417 Chartley Lane, Roswell, GA, 30075
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
827943692
Principal Investigator:
Robert Bock
Co-Founder
(678) 641-2380
rdbock@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Robert Bock
Co-Founder
(678) 641-2380
rdbock@gmail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Argos Intelligence, LLC, proposes to develop the Turbulence-Enhanced Monocular Passive Rangefinding (TEMPR) System, an innovative capability for the passive rangefinding of boost-phase ballistic missiles. The TEMPR System combines standard multispectral imaging with advanced phenomenological models and signal processing for unprecedented rangefinding capability. TEMPR will operate in real time and will be designed for the stringent demands of covert airborne ballistic missile tracking missions. TEMPR improves boost-phase ballistic missile rangefinding by exploiting two different physical mechanisms, namely absorption in multiple spectral bands and the range variability of turbulence. The primary components of the proposed TEMPR System are a multi-spectral measurement system, a 3-D atmospheric refraction and turbulence model of the atmosphere surrounding the ABL, and robust, real-time range extraction algorithms. The TEMPR Multi-Spectral Measurement System is composed of multispectral sensors strategically situated on the platform that provide multispectral measurements of both the distant stars and the boost-phase missile. The measurements of the stars are used to create a real-time 3-D refraction and turbulence model of the atmosphere surrounding the ABL. Range extraction algorithms utilize the passive measurements of the boost-phase missile and query the 3-D refraction and turbulence model to extract the range to the missile.

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