Effects of Hardbody-Plume Interactions on Radar Returns

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,964.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7336
Award Id:
97026
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-031-0234
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-031
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
848 Town Center Drive, Langhorne, PA, 19047
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
165115390
Principal Investigator:
Charles Berman
Senior Research Scientist
(267) 276-0180
charlie@propulsionscience.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Taylor
Vice President
(267) 276-0181
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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