Accession Number : ADD008408

Title :   Missile Guidance System Utilizing Polarization.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Fagan,James J ; Otto,William F ; McKnight,William B

Report Date : 27 Jun 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A missile guidance system is described in which a projectile or missile is fired toward a predetermined target with the missile being tracked on its flight toward the target by radar, processing the radar information in a computer apparatus and finally computing a new trajectory from the missile to the target and transmitting correction signals to a correction device on the missile including thrusters on the missile to cause the trajectory of the missile to be changed to the newly computed trajectory for the missile. This system corrects the trajectory of the missile while in flight by recomputing a trajectory from the missile to the predetermined target and making appropriate corrections each time. This enables the missile to only contain radar reflecting means, and correction detection and control means on the missile rather than having gyro and other type devices on board the missile which take up a considerable amount of space and weight.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Command guidance, *Radar tracking, Radar reflectors, Polarization, Modulation, Radar signals, Radar receivers, Arrays, Signal processing, Computer applications, Surface targets, Guided missile targets, Corrections

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Traj, Accuracy and Ballistics
      Guided Missiles
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE