Adaptive, Efficient, and Agile Guidance for Ascent Phase Intercept

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7763
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1800
Amount: $999,893.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-T003
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
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Principal Investigator
 Sung Kang
 CFO/Senior Research Engineer
 (310) 322-7973
Business Contact
 Sung Kang
Title: CFO/Senior Research Engineer
Phone: (310) 322-7973
Research Institution
 Applied Physic Laboratory
 Neil Palumbo
 Johns Hopkins University
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD, 20723-6099
 (443) 778-7693
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
The proposed effort will further refine the adaptive model-based estimation and control guidance law developed during the Phase 1 effort to work in a two-tier algorithm with an agile, game-theoretic guidance law that is immune to the acceleration of the target. The two-tier approach is used to bring the intercept vehicle close to the target while conserving fuel but still obtains good minimal miss-distance performance. The first tier guidance uses a model-based estimation filter to anticipate where the ascending missile will be and rapidly detect staging. Using a model allows the interceptor to guide itself with some sense of fuel conservation. It also allows for an accurate time-to-go estimate. The terminal guidance law makes use of an estimation filter which blocks the target acceleration. This guidance is highly sensitive to target maneuvers, but makes no effort to conserve fuel. The criterion to switch between the two tiers will be investigated in this proposal.

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