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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.75K | Year: 1998

Dynetics proposes a combination laser and digital system to produce an innovative Small Arms Target Scoring System (SATSS) for testing of small-caliber munitions. The SATSS utilizes two orthogonal, large-area, eye-safe laser beams and high-speed, charge-coupled device (CCD) electronics to measure projectile locations. With the addition of one infrared (IR) screen, the instrument readily provides velocity information and dispersion characteristics. By design, this instrument is capable of handling a wide range of projectile sizes and velocities in either single-shot or burst-mode operation. The SATSS is attractive because 1) it is insensitive to environmental issues (temperature. humidity, background light etc.), 2) the instrument is readily applied to multiple scoring applications, and 3) the setup, calibration, and operation of the instrument can be rapidly accomplished by range technicians. In addition, the SATSS appears to have a production cost consistent with Oehler's system 82 acoustic screens (around $25,000). In this proposal, details of the instrument are provided along with a Phase I development plan. The primary goal of our proposed Phase I effort is to perform a series of tests demonstrating the feasibility of producing a deliverable instrument during Phase II. SATSS will enhance the development and testing of munitions in the tri-Services. Currently, munition testing methods are sensitive to environmental factors and cannot perform with the new/future types of ammunition. The proposed instrument uses a flexible technique that is adaptable to many testing scenarios. By paying strict attention to development cost during Phase I, we believe that the SATSS can be developed into a commercially viable, range product.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 165.26K | Year: 1998

Dynetics, Incorporated proposes to design a hybrid hardware/software simulation of munition based inertial measurement units (IMU) to be integrated with the 6-DOF software at the PRIMES facility, Eglin AFB, FL. This IMU simulation would contain a software component capable of simulating a wide variety of IMUs, plus a hardware component to generate and send the appropriate electrical signals into a GPS receiver or navigation computer. These electrical signals would be identical to those generated by the actual IMU during the flight profile that is being simulated within the PRIMES anechoic chamber.The primary purpose of the Phase I effort is to develop the IMU simulation design such that the simulation's throughput is identical to that of the actual IMU. During Phase I, Dynetics will also produce a prototype of the IMU simulation software, to test and demonstate the capaiblity of achieving the Phase II objective of implementing the design.This simulation addresses the inherent problem that the PRIMES facility shares with other similar hardware in the loop facilities. It is not physically feasible to subject a platform carring an integrated IMU/GPS navigation system to the accelerations and angle rates necessary to have the IMU output the correct electrical signals.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 98.80K | Year: 1998

A fast running analytical tool is proposed which will allow warhead developers and systems analysts the capability to evaluate warhead designs, analyze and predict test results, determine performance requirements, and evaluate system effectiveness. A modular software architecture will be designed to provide maximum growth and maintainability. The tool will incorporate a Graphical User Interface to decrease the knowledge required to perform assessments. warhead/target interactions will be modeled using high fidelity penetration mechanics models that are widely accepted. BENEFITS: This analytical model will allow warhead developers to analyze and predict test results. The tool will also allow systems analysts to perform design-level trade-off studies and what-if analyses. This product will be beneficial to warhead developers, missile system developers, government evaluators, oil well perforator designers, and space debris analysts.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.44K | Year: 1999

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Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.63K | Year: 1999

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