Radiation Hardening Manufacturing Technology

Period of Performance: 10/26/2012 - 10/25/2013

$710K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

nLogic, LLC
4901 Corporate Drive Suite H
Huntsville, AL 35805
Principal Investigator

Abstract

We will apply the test methods that we have developed to assess the performance of Ballistic Missile Defense interceptors in the presence of natural and man-made radiation environments. At the conclusion of Phase II, MDA will have a demonstrated hardware-in-the-loop capability to test the kill vehicle electro-optical sensor, signal/data processors, and flight software. This facility will support testing of current kill vehicle designs and future upgrades that include hardening techniques and radiation mitigation algorithms. The radiation effects will be simulated by projecting a structured clutter scene to the kill vehicle sensor and injecting spurious noise between tactical component interfaces. Our approach provides an upgradeable capability that includes radiation effects models with realistic mission-based scenarios. By augmenting an existing hardware-in-the-loop facility, radiation environment testing is accomplished through an incremental, cost-effective manner. This provides a significant savings over the development of a new testing facility devoted exclusively to radiation environment testing. Testing methodologies are also documented including test planning, test preparation, post test analysis, and post test reporting/archiving. This project expands the technology base to support development of future interceptor upgrades that can be incorporated into the BMDS architecture to provide reliable operation against evolving threats and countermeasures from adversarial nations.