Reentry Vehicle On-Site Inspection Technology Study
Technical rept. 6 Mar 1992-19 May 1993
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD
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A study group was tasked to develop possible reentry vehicle on-site inspection RVOSI scenarios and to recommend research into technologies that could address these scenarios. The task was accomplished by identifying RVOSI technology candidates and evaluating their advantages or disadvantages to comparison to the visual protocol for RVOSI prescribed by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty START on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. RVOIS technologies were evaluated with regard to inspection confidence, cost, intrusiveness, operational impact, and inspector burden. The RVOSI technology Study identified no technology that readily solves the problems associated with START-prescribed visual inspection protocols. Recommendations for 1 further research in analytic modeling, 2 experimental studies to support this analytic work, and 3 data processing resulted from this study. Technology development for RVOIS appears to be primarily of interest if the technology provides enhanced confidence or additional inspection capability over visual inspections. Reentry vehicle, Treaty verification technology, On-site inspection, Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty START.
- Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles