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A Seasoned Approach To Missile Target Simulators
Author(s): Donald J. Strittmatter
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Paper Abstract

Hughes has developed many target simulators and special test instrumentation devices. These range from very complex total missile flight simulators to very simple point source or bar-target collimators. This paper will discuss Hughes' simulation approach which involves a compromise between model accuracy and fidelity, simultaneous control of many properties, and cost, both non-recurring and recurring. Simulators will be described that define our concept, which is based on dividing the functions of target simulation complexity into user oriented test and the electromagnetic band into the spectral content of targets. The test complexity levels were divided into three user activity functional needs: a) conceptual development using analog simulation: b) tracker development using real spectrally simulated targets for testing subassemblies, seeker general performance, and seeker terminal guidance; and c) semi-physical simulation utilizing the missile system's flight dynamics, from launch to impact. Each of these three user oriented, functional test levels was again divided into four spectral bands of target simulation: a) visible, b) laser designator, c) 3 to 5 micron, and d) 8 to 13 micron. Pictures and performance data of each of the above target simulation devices will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1978
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0133, Optics in Missile Engineering, (2 June 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956080
Show Author Affiliations
Donald J. Strittmatter, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0133:
Optics in Missile Engineering
Stephen A. Benton; Geoffery Knight, Editor(s)

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