AMERICAN INST OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS NEW YORK
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The Strategic Defense Initiative SDI envisions the use of multiple tiers of non-nuclear weapons to provide an umbrella of protection from ballistic missiles. Operational engagement constraints typically require a high velocity interceptor in order to achieve reasonable protective coverage, and with an endo atmospheric intercept, this results in severe aerodynamic, aerothermal, and structural environments for the acquisition and homing phase of the intercept. The ENDO LEAP vehicle program is in the process of developing an interceptor which can operate successfully in this severe environment. The objective of the ENDO LEAP vehicle program is to design, develop, integrate and test vehicle technologies compatible with affordable lightweight interceptors to perform high and low endo atmospheric defense against ballistic missiles. These technologies will be developed and tested in state-of-the-art testing facilities, such as the Large Energy National Shock Tunnel LENS. Innovative simulations, ground tests and flight tests will be used to help validate the designs.
- Antimissile Defense Systems