Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7507
Agency Tracking Number: B123-030-0109
Amount: $99,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-030
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
19221 IH-45 South; Ste. 530, Conroe, TX, -
DUNS: 782566418
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Doug Heermann
 R&D Development Director
 (281) 292-9903
 heermann@invocon.com
Business Contact
 Mary Delahunty
Title: VP&General Counsel
Phone: (281) 292-9903
Email: mdelahunty@invocon.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Invocon, Inc. proposes the development and testing of a Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment system that can track the electrical charge dispersion created when a hypervelocity impact (HVI) occurs between two entities with a closing velocity greater than 1 km per second. This same system can measure the time of arrival (TOA) of the charge wave front at transducers placed throughout the vehicle. Using the known speed of light, minus the reactive effects of the skin of the vehicle on the"charge", the system can calculate the exact point of impact. Further, the proposed system would capture the total Radio Frequency energy radiated and conducted from the HVI impact point as the charge wave front propagates throughout a structure. The radiated and conducted RF waveform signatures contain information as to the damage incurred as a result of the collision. The proposed system will collect, encode, and transmit the data needed to model the impact damage and project a visual simulation of the event to ground controllers and/or crew.

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