Next-Generation Target State Estimation Algorithms for the Interception of Maneuvering Ballistic Missiles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7267
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-004-0582
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-004
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240, Los Altos, CA, 94022
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829385509
Principal Investigator:
P. Menon
Chief Scientist
(650) 559-8585
menon@optisyn.com
Business Contact:
P. Menon
President
(650) 559-8585
menon@optisyn.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Hit-to-kill interception of ballistic missile targets is a challenging task requiring the use of highly accurate state estimators for mission success. Estimators based on conventional filtering technologies have now reached a certain level of sophistication, beyond which little additional performance improvements appear feasible. Phase I project developed a new approach for target state estimation which was shown to outperform existing algorithms. A realistic seeker model with non-Gaussian noise and a nonlinear dynamic model capable of reproducing a wide variety of ballistic missile motions observed in practice, were employed in the work. Feasibility of real-time operation of the target state estimation algorithm on a high-performance computing platform was then demonstrated. Phase II work will scale-up the target state estimator including all the model and algorithm refinements. A real-time hardware implementation suitable for assessment in hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation will be created. User interfaces will be provided to help tune the estimator to accommodate actual sensor noise characteristics. Under a subcontract with a major airframe integrator, the estimator performance will be evaluated in Monte Carlo simulations and hardware/software-in-the-loop simulations. Production and flight test of the integrated hardware-software system will be undertaken in collaboration with a systems integrator during the Phase III work.

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