Velocity, Pitch, and Yaw of Hypervelocity Projectiles by Digital Shadowgraphy

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9101-06-M-0102
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-300-0062
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
METROLASER, INC.
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188465819
Principal Investigator:
Drew L'Esperance
Senior Scientist
(949) 553-0688
dlesperance@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact:
Cecil Hess
President
(949) 553-0688
cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Hypervelocity ballistics ranges require imaging and analysis systems that can measure the orientation and position of projectiles to a high degree of precision. We propose to construct a modular digital imaging system that will collect two orthogonal shadowgraphs of the projectile in flight at each viewing station. We will investigate two image capturing strategies, one based on 2-D imaging with a pulsed source and CCD cameras, and the other based on 1-D imaging using a light sheet and linear sensors or streak cameras. A key focus of the projective will be development of software capable of automatically analyzing the shadowgraphs to extract key parameters, such as projectile pitch, yaw, radial position, and velocity. The image analysis procedure that we propose to employ was originally developed and successfully deployed at the Aeroballistic Research Facility (ARF) at USAF Wright Laboratories.

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