Effects of Hardbody-Plume Interactions on Radar Returns

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7336
Agency Tracking Number: B093-031-0234
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA09-031
Solitcitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Propulsion Science and Technology, Inc.
848 Town Center Drive, Langhorne, PA, 19047
Duns: 165115390
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Berman
 Senior Research Scientist
 (267) 276-0180
 charlie@propulsionscience.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Taylor
Title: Vice President
Phone: (267) 276-0181
Email: peg@propulsionscience.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An effective missile defense will require an understanding of the combined radar signature of a hardbody and plume and a capability for predicting that signature. While there is a well developed technology and understanding of radar for the detection of missile hardbodies, the coherent radar signature of the time averaged plume properties can confuse interpretation of the hardbody signature. This issue cannot be resolved because there is presently no efficient computer code for determining this plume signature. Moreover, even if it were easily computed, there is no current technology directed at understanding and utilizing the radar return from the combination of a missile hardbody and its exhaust plume. Thus, the overall objectives of the Phase I program are to develop: (1) modeling approaches to efficiently compute the contribution of the coherent plume signature to the total signature and (2) a coupling strategy between hardbody and plume RCS codes to predict the total signature.

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