Plume EO-RCS Data Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7311
Agency Tracking Number: B093-033-0113
Amount: $99,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-033
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
6210 Kellers Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947
DUNS: 929950012
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neeraj Sinha
 Vice President & Technical Director
 (215) 766-1520
Business Contact
 Brian York
Title: Principal Scientist & Treasurer
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Research Institution
Characteristics of missile plume UV/Visible emissions & RCS have a great potential to enhance defensive capabilities in several areas related to Ballistic Missile Defense Systems (BMDS). Supporting MDA’s engineering applications related to missile typing, discrimination, tracking, algorithm development, etc. requires estimation of many parameters by the plume models, which can be very expensive for complex targets that are not easily measured. High-fidelity, 3D plume modeling of threat systems is now at an advanced stage, utilizing a MDA-sponsored highly efficient, 3D CFD plume models; however, comparable capabilities are not available for corresponding RCS predictions and additional limitations exist with regards to plasma chemistry modeling for supporting predictions of UV/Visible emission from plume chemi-ionization. The Phase I will demonstrate an advanced 3D Vector Finite Element (VFE) RCS model for performing RCS predictions of 3D effects in plumes, which can strongly shift the Doppler spectrum of the plume from the hardbody return. A recently developed hydrocarbon chemistry mechanism will be extended to include CH(A) plasma modeling, enabling the application of first-principles plume signature modeling in supporting the exploitation of chemi-ionization processes. The Phase I provides a firm foundation for maturation of plume EO/RCS modeling tools into a production-oriented capability during Phase II.

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