Sensor Resource Management of IR Assets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,375.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-14-C-7625
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-1915
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-011
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
5042 Technology Parkway, Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO, 80528
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956324362
Principal Investigator:
Scott Miller
Senior Research Scientist
(970) 461-2000
scott.miller@numerica.us
Business Contact:
Jeff Poore
President and COO
(970) 461-2000
jeff.poore@numerica.us
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Emerging infrared (IR) sensor assets will play a crucial role in creating a robust and flexible Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) because they are more easily deployed in forward-based and/or space-based environments, providing coverage of threats beyond the range of terrestrial sensors, and enabling launch-on-remote or engage-on-remote firing doctrines that extend the range of weapons systems. However, IR sensors pose significant challenges, requiring coordination of two sensors to produce 3D tracks, special techniques to deal with merged measurements, and efficient control of mechanical steering. In this Phase II effort, we propose to develop a complete sensor resource management (SRM) solution for IR assets composed of two main parts. A local-level SRM located in a ground station coordinates the low-level activities of IR sensors and generates fused tracks. A network-level SRM in the C2BMC performs high-level coordination of radar and IR assets to maximize engagement success in raid scenarios. The solution leverages previous work by Numerica on IR tracking, IR SRM, and C2BMC SRM and battle management, producing an integrated prototype in the BMD Benchmark that enables a mission-level assessment of the benefit IR sensors bring to the BMDS.

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