Air-Bearing Guided Intercept and Line-of-sight Experiments (AGILE)
LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA
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This paper describes a ground based test and evaluation approach for testing an agile, lightweight, interceptors performance on a fourfive degrees of freedom dynamic air bearing DAB. The key attribute of this apparatus is that it allows for a rapid turnaround test and evaluation of a fully integrated vehicles ability to detect, acquire, and track a closing target with real time closed loop altitude control and divert guidance. In addition it also provides a testbed for the rapid development, evaluation, and validation of new hardware components and software functionality. Unlike other hardware in the loop HWIL tests, the final measure of performance of a DAB experiment is a vehicles actual miss distance a direct measure of an interceptors hit capability. By conducting multiple DAB intercept experiments, a statistical estimate of a vehicles miss distance performance can be obtained. In addition, extension of ground test concepts to include five and six degrees of freedom experiments are also discussed.
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