Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a program from the U.S. Army to develop the design of a prototype microwave measurement facility for dispersed radio frequency (RF) chaff materials.
PSI is developing an integrated testbed design that incorporates a chaff dispersal method with a test enclosure and microwave measurement designs to address key performance parameters for the Army testbed. The resulting design will establish a unique, compact testbed enabling quick, low-cost screening of laboratory scale quantities of new/novel chaff materials.
The Army currently lacks a dedicated test capability optimized for dispersing and screening/testing laboratory-scale quantities of RF chaff materials, and thus relies upon expensive flight testing to validate new chaff materials. This program will provide the Army with a compact, low cost testbed capability that will speed up the development cycle for new chaff materials by accelerating the testing schedule and lowering the cost of preliminary screening tests.
For more information, contact:
Dr. David Oakes
Group Leader, Aero Thermal Signatures
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003