Accession Number : ADA309930

Title :   Estimation and Prediction of Ballistic Missile Trajectories.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Isaacson, Jeffrey A. ; Vaughan, David R.

PDF Url : ADA309930

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 94

Abstract : To examine the capabilities satellites can bring to bear in a theater missile defense (TMD) environment, the authors describe a methodology, based on Kalman filtering, for the estimation and prediction of ballistic missile trajectories and then apply the methodology to a national theater ballistic missile. One useful application is in estimating the uncertainty associated with the location of a missile launch. Determining missile location uncertainty at any point along the trajectory is another application. Filters optimized for random errors alone as well as random plus bias errors are outlined. Harnessed in a theater of operations, the type of information described in this report can be used to enhance the capability of active and passive defenses and attack operations.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *PREDICTIONS, *ESTIMATES, *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *BALLISTIC TRAJECTORIES, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, GUIDED MISSILES, POSITION(LOCATION), UNCERTAINTY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, KALMAN FILTERING, PASSIVE SYSTEMS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, ERRORS, LAUNCHING.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Guided Missile Traj, Accuracy and Ballistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE