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Scale-model rocket experiments (SRE)
Author(s): Douglas G. Wynne; Mark D. Barnell
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Paper Abstract

The Scale model Rocket Experiments (SRE) were conducted in August and September 1997 as a part of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) Advanced Sensor Technology Program (ASTP) and Discriminating Interceptor Technology Program (DITP). Rome Laboratory (RL) efforts under this effort for ASTP involves the following technology areas: sensor fusion algorithms, high performance processors, and sensor modeling and simulation. In support of the development, test and integration of these areas, Rome Laboratory performed the scale model rocket experiments. This paper details the experiments and results of the scaled rocket experiment as a cost effective, risk reduction experiment to test fusion processor algorithms in a real time environment. The goals of the experiment were to launch, track, fuse, and collect multispectral data from Visible, IR, RADAR and LADAR sensors. The data was collected in real time and was interfaced to the RL-HPC (PARAGON) for real time processing. In June 1997 RL performed the first tests of the series on static targets. The static firings tested data transfers and safety protocols. The RL (Hanscom) IR cameras were calibrated and the proper gain settings were acquired. The next phase of the SRE testing, August 12/13 1997, involved the launching, tracking and acquiring digital IR data into the HPC. In September, RL implemented the next phase of the experiments by incorporating a LADAR and an additional IR sensor from Phillips Laboratory into the system. This paper discusses the success and future work of the SRE.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3374, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VII, (17 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327092
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas G. Wynne, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Mark D. Barnell, Computer Science Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3374:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VII
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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