Advanced LADAR Modeling, Generalized Ladar Analysis Model (GLAM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0085
Agency Tracking Number: B083-051-0208
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-051
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Murray
 Corporate Senior Scientist
 (303) 651-6756
 jmurray@arete.com
Business Contact
 Gregory Fetzer
Title: Director
Phone: (303) 651-6756
Email: gfetzer@arete.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To counter emerging threats of theater ballistic missiles the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has sponsored the development of the Airborne Laser (ABL) system that will locate and track missiles in the boost phase of their flight, then accurately point and fire a high-energy laser, destroying enemy missiles near their launch areas. For the ABL system to meet the operational requirement of engaging multiple targets over the theater of operation the system must be capable of accurately tracking multiple targets simultaneously. The Active Ranging System (ARS) plays a critical role in achieving this capability by providing quick and accurate measurements of the missiles three-space position and velocity (six state vector) over time (track files). In this effort Areté Associates will develop, verify, and/or improve components of the Areté-developed Generalized Ladar Analysis Model (GLAM), a sophisticated ladar modeling tool which has been used to a great extent in other long-range ladar modeling and hardware development efforts at Areté, including ABL’s ARS. The components that will be developed and/or incorporated into GLAM will include aero-optical and atmospheric propagation models, detector models such as for coherent and direct detection, photon counting, Geiger-mode APDs and other state-of-the-art detectors. These ladar system models will be developed specifically to address the ABL operational scenario to compare the performance of various ladar approaches.

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