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Purdue Researchers Working on Missile-Defense Software

By Purdue ­niversity News

August 22, 2013

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Purdue University researchers are developing software designed to make it possible to explore what-if scenarios involving future missile advances in adversarial nations and the defensive capability of the United States.

Work began on the battle management system in 2010. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, has provided funding through a four-year, $4.8 million grant.

Specialized software designed for enhanced command and control includes algorithms for aerospace modeling of the flight characteristics of enemy missiles and interceptors. Algorithms must be created to function within a global network of many computers and sensors, including radar and satellite surveillance systems. Developing algorithms capable of operating in such distributed environments is a major challenge. The team is using Purdue's high-performance computing cluster for intensive, long-running simulations.

"The simulations allow us to run many more experiments than would otherwise be possible with field tests alone, and this yields a lot of data to improve the system," says Purdue professor Daniel DeLaurentis.

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