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Micro-Particle Debris Characterization from Hyper-Velocity Impacts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-14-C-7916
Agency Tracking Number: B13B-002-0088
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA13-T002
Solicitation Number: 2013.B
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-03-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-10-19
Small Business Information
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United States
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jim Burke
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 319-6000
Business Contact
 Kenneth Lones
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 319-6019
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Gene Hertel
Sandia National Laboratories PO Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87123-
United States

 (505) 844-5364
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

The Torch Team is proposing to design and conduct laboratory-based experiments to elucidate the fundamental micro-debris formation mechanisms to improve intercept optical models. Ballistic missile intercept optical signatures collected over the last decade have identified definitive micro-debris parameter trends. These measurements place bounds on the debris temperature, number of particles, and particle size and velocity distributions. Analysis of multi-wavelength intercept signatures shows evidence for particle distributions of both low (e.g., metals) and high (e.g., carbon-based) emissivity. These experiments will provide data needed to improve hypervelocity impact micro-debris models. Moreover, a novel experiment is presented to validate radiometric inversion methodologies for determining micro-debris properties in ground and flight tests. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7663 (8 January 14)

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