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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0440
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-036-0029
Amount: $495,234.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T036
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shawn Ericson
 Group Leader
 (256) 726-4821
Business Contact
 Deb Phipps
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Email: dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution
 University of Alabama
 Lawrence Carey
 National Space Science&Tech
320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35899-
 (256) 961-7909
 Nonprofit college or university
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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