A Tactical Decision Support Tool for High Speed Projectiles in Adverse Weather Conditions

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$495,234.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0440
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-036-0029
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T036
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
185169620
Principal Investigator:
ShawnEricson
Group Leader
(256) 726-4821
sce@cfdrc.com
Business Contact:
DebPhipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institute:
University of Alabama
Lawrence Carey
National Space Science&Tech
320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35899-
(256) 961-7909

Abstract
High speed projectile launch decisions always tend toward"clear sky"days because no capability has existed to assess high speed flight risk due to weather in either design or operations. Since clear sky conditions occur about 50% of the time, the risk of mission failure is unknown half of the time when clouds are present. Under a Navy Phase I STTR, CFD Research Corporation and the University of Alabama Huntsville performed a feasibility study on the development of methodologies and technologies for the analysis of high speed projectile mission risk in adverse weather conditions. This work showed how a tactical launch decision is supported by the use of design data in operations to compute the probability of survival of a flight system through atmospheric condensate. During Phase II, the methodologies will be extended, implemented, and demonstrated in an end-to-end process focusing on near-term applicability with continued research in support of long-term goals to maintain focus for advancing the state of the technology. The key components of this work include connectivity to operational radar sensors, system weather tolerance model development, and software engineering for real-time operational support. Tactical scenarios will be developed to demonstrate the applications of the risk assessment measure.

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