Radiation Hard Interceptor Components Test Methods for Missile Defense

Period of Performance: 02/13/2008 - 08/14/2008

$97.8K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Radiation Assured Devices, Inc.
5017 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Principal Investigator

Abstract

MDA is in need of complete sensor test capability that enables test planning, test execution and test data analysis. Much of the test expertise and equipment capable of supporting these activities was dispersed following the termination of the various DTRA programs supporting them and limited emphasis on radiation effects in all MDA activities. We propose to establish an initial LWIR sensor test capability at RAD Longmire Laboratory using the government-owned NICS chamber, incorporating the NODDS scene generation capability and the methodology and hardware developed at Longmire Laboratory for sensor testing. Phase I of the proposed program will consist of an assessment of the NICS hardware, specifically the scene generation subsystems, and the feasibility of this incorporation. This reconstitution will allow rapid restart of sensor test activities at MDA and development of new test paradigms for space and MDA sensors as new technologies become available while retaining the services of all the critical experts in the area. Following this initial phase, the program will establish a process for bringing new capabilities on line, develop new test paradigms and transition these to the community.