Passive Range Estimation from Angle-only Sensor Data (Acq Pointing & Tracking)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: B083-050-0021
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-050
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
1622 Route 12, Box 637, Gales Ferry, CT, 06335
DUNS: 039280334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Centore
 PI/Sr. Mathematician
 (860) 464-7259
Business Contact
 William Browning
Title: Project Manager
Phone: (860) 464-7259
Research Institution
We propose to adapt angle-only passive ranging methods developed for use by the submarine force to the problem of range estimation for missiles and rockets. Three particular methods will be examined: parallax or triangulation ranging; tracker/filter algorithms; and the relationship between range and the rate of angle change over time. Parallax ranging is an instantaneous method that uses angle measurements from two physically separated sensors. Tracker and filter algorithms use target motion models and measurement error models, to calculate a stochastic estimate of the target state. The instantaneous rate at which the angle to the target changes over time, can be related mathematically to the range to that target. These methods can also be used to estimate maximum range.

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