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A modular high precision digital system for hypervelocity projectile performance measurements
Author(s): Vivek V. Nagarkar; Bipin Singh; Stuart Miller; Larry Campbell; Ron Bishel; Rick Rushing
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Paper Abstract

The performance measurement of hypervelocity projectiles in flight is critical in ensuring proper projectile operation, for designing new long-range missile systems with improved accuracy, and for assessing damage to the target upon impact to determine the projectile's lethality. We are developing a modular, low cost, digital X-ray imaging system to measure hypervelocity projectile parameters with high precision and to almost instantaneously map its trajectory in 3D space to compute its pitch, yaw, displacement from its path, and velocity. The preliminary data suggest that this system can render an accuracy of 0.25° in measuring pitch and yaw, an accuracy of 0.03" in estimating displacement from the centerline, and a precision of ±0.0001% in measuring velocity, which is well beyond the capability of any existing system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6978, Visual Information Processing XVII, 697808 (24 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779070
Show Author Affiliations
Vivek V. Nagarkar, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Bipin Singh, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Stuart Miller, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Larry Campbell, U.S. Air Force (United States)
Ron Bishel, U.S. Air Force (United States)
Rick Rushing, U.S. Air Force (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6978:
Visual Information Processing XVII
Zia-ur Rahman; Stephen E. Reichenbach; Mark Allen Neifeld, Editor(s)

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