Autonomous Situational Awareness for Munitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-C-0162
Agency Tracking Number: F121-106-0642
Amount: $749,979.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-106
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Technology Service Corporation
962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD, -
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Bohannon
 Corporate Senior Staff
 (310) 754-4212
Business Contact
 Eric Wilen
Title: Californa Operations Mana
Phone: (310) 754-4234
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The Munitions Environment Signature Model being developed by TSC will provide munitions design engineers with a tool for exploring RF fuze sensor alternatives by modeling the dynamic multistatic coherent RF signatures of targets illuminated by munition fuze sensors at sub-millimeter wavelengths. Output generated by the MESM will be suitable for use with radar imaging techniques including synthetic aperture radar (SAR), inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR), and joint time-frequency analysis (JTFA). In Phase I, TSC developed an innovative method for predicting sub-millimeter wavelength radar signatures of ground targets including smooth and rough surfaces at sub-millimeter wavelengths, cavities, and surrounding terrain accurately and quickly. This signature modeling capability will enable the MESM to provide results with much faster execution than is possible using more traditional facet-based modeling approaches. TSC demonstrated excellent execution times, modeling accuracy, and modeling flexibility at sub-millimeter wavelengths for targets having smooth and rough surfaces. TSC also presented preliminary analysis of high frequency terrain backscatter data collected by the Air Force, which will be used in the MESM terrain model. In Phase II, TSC will fully develop the tool in C++ software and document the system from technical and user perspectives. BENEFIT: The results of the proposed Phase II work will provide the Air Force with a tool for synthesizing RF signatures for use in development, testing, and evaluation of munitions sensors and signal processing algorithms, including SAR, ISAR, and JFTA. Application of the tool will result in improved performance of munitions systems.

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