Radiation Hardening Manufacturing Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7203
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1889
Amount: $709,872.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-014
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
nLogic, LLC
4901 Corporate Drive, Suite H, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 603875738
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neil Miller
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 704-2521
 neil.miller@nlogic.com
Business Contact
 Tim Thornton
Title: CEO/President
Phone: (256) 704-2524
Email: tim.thornton@nlogic.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
We will apply the test methods that we have developed to assess the performance of Ballistic Missile Defense interceptors in the presence of natural and man-made radiation environments. At the conclusion of Phase II, MDA will have a demonstrated hardware-in-the-loop capability to test the kill vehicle electro-optical sensor, signal/data processors, and flight software. This facility will support testing of current kill vehicle designs and future upgrades that include hardening techniques and radiation mitigation algorithms. The radiation effects will be simulated by projecting a structured clutter scene to the kill vehicle sensor and injecting spurious noise between tactical component interfaces. Our approach provides an upgradeable capability that includes radiation effects models with realistic mission-based scenarios. By augmenting an existing hardware-in-the-loop facility, radiation environment testing is accomplished through an incremental, cost-effective manner. This provides a significant savings over the development of a new testing facility devoted exclusively to radiation environment testing. Testing methodologies are also documented including test planning, test preparation, post test analysis, and post test reporting/archiving. This project expands the technology base to support development of future interceptor upgrades that can be incorporated into the BMDS architecture to provide reliable operation against evolving threats and countermeasures from adversarial nations.

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