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MKV carrier vehicle sensor calibration
Author(s): Joseph Tansock; Scott Hansen; Jason Williams; Bryan Sisko; Kajal Pancholi; Aaron Plotnik; Jon Albritton; Michael Margulis; Micah Kalscheur; Dan Welsh; Deon Dixon; Steven Brown; Katharine Ip; Karl Burk; Mark Greenman; James Peterson; Alan Bird; David Marchant; Dean Ferguson; Brent Haslem; William Shaw
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Paper Abstract

The Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) system, which is being developed by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), is a midcourse payload that includes a carrier vehicle and a number of small kill vehicles. During the mission, the carrier vehicle dispenses the kill vehicles to address a complex threat environment and directs each kill vehicle toward the intercept point for its assigned threat object. As part of the long range carrier vehicle sensor development strategy, MDA and project leaders have developed a pathfinder sensor and are in the process of developing two subsequent demonstration sensors to provide proof of concept and to demonstrate technology. To increase the probability of successful development of the sensor system, detailed calibration measurements have been included as part of the sensor development. A detailed sensor calibration can provide a thorough understanding of sensor operation and performance, verifying that the sensor can meet the mission requirements. This approach to instrument knowledge will help ensure the program success and reduce cost and schedule risks. The Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University (SDL) completed a calibration test campaign for the pathfinder sensor in April 2008. Similar calibration efforts are planned in 2009 for the two demonstration sensors. This paper provides an overview of calibration benefits, requirements, approach, facility, measurements, and preliminary results of the pathfinder calibration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7300, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XX, 73000X (22 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818940
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Tansock, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Scott Hansen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Jason Williams, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Bryan Sisko, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Kajal Pancholi, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Aaron Plotnik, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jon Albritton, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Michael Margulis, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Micah Kalscheur, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Dan Welsh, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Deon Dixon, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Steven Brown, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Katharine Ip, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Karl Burk, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Mark Greenman, Utah State Univ. (United States)
James Peterson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Alan Bird, Utah State Univ. (United States)
David Marchant, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Dean Ferguson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Brent Haslem, Utah State Univ. (United States)
William Shaw, BAE Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7300:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XX
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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