Broad Multi-Frequency Discrimination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7458
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0379
Amount: $99,751.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-037
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Art Lompado
 Sr. Physicist
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution
Intuition and some limited data sets suggest that polarization has strong potential to provide additional information in difficult detection scenarios in a variety of hypervelocity interceptor applications. The targeting of a boost phase missile requires a sensor that can both acquire the target and perform plume / hardbody discrimination. For midcourse scenarios, debris and decoy clouds, low thermal contrast, and target orientation determination ought to be measured by an active or passive imaging polarimeter. In re-entry phase, an imaging polarization sensor should provide aimpoint selection and orientation determination in the presence of a wake. Limited data exists to support these statements, however, and an instrument is needed for confirmation. Prior to instrumentation development, modeling needs to be done optimize instrumentation development and assess the feasibility for imaging polarimetry to impact missile defense applications. Polaris Sensor Technologies will perform an exploratory assessment of imaging polarimetry including modeling of the polarization signatures in BMD scenarios and establish constraints on instruments for further phenomenology studies as well as THAAD specific implementations.

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