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Is the SSPK sufficient to represent a kill vehicle performance?
Author(s): Kang Soo Kim
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Paper Abstract

Is the SSPK (Single Shot Probability of Kill) sufficient to represent a kill vehicle performance? This question is often asked because the SSPK computation ignores the details of the miss distance performance and considers only the threshold limit of the miss distance. One may intuitively think that a KV (kill vehicle) with a smaller average miss distance should perform better than the one with a larger distance. In this case the SSPK alone may not be sufficient to represent a KV performance. This paper, however, will show that the SSPK and the miss distance performance are related (i.e., a higher SSPK means a smaller average miss distance, and vice versa) and therefore the SSPK is a sufficient KV performance measure. The relationship is derived based on the observation that KV miss distance obeys Rayleigh statistics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5799, Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems II, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606858
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Kang Soo Kim, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5799:
Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems II
Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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