Accession Number : ADA328979

Title :   An Instrumentation System for Lethality Evaluation of Missile Intercept Flight Tests,

Corporate Author : JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Thompson, T. ; Devereux, W. S. ; Dougherty, J. M.

PDF Url : ADA328979

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This paper offers arguments to support the contention that a differential GPS measurement system is required for missile intercept flight testing. Simply stated there is no other system capable of sufficiently accurate relative 3-dimensional position measurements at the point of impact or fusing to support lethality evaluations of precise weapon systems. Earlier work has proven that two-centimeter accuracy can be achieved with differential GPS in a missile intercept test environment. This paper will review the earlier work, discuss the nature of the lethality evaluation process, define the basic measurement system structure, discuss some important system tradeoffs, and identity hardware characteristics needed to implement a missile intercept evaluation system.

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILE TRAJECTORIES, *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, *LETHALITY, *INTERCEPT TRAJECTORIES, FLIGHT TESTING, MEASUREMENT, IMPACT, WEAPON SYSTEMS, INTERCEPTION, THREE DIMENSIONAL, PRECISION, INSTRUMENTATION.

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Traj, Accuracy and Ballistics
      Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE