Flight Demonstration Results of a Two-way Robust Acquisition of Data (2-RAD) System

Report No. ARL-TR-3103
Authors: Marshal A. Childers
Date/Pages: January 2004; 48 pages
Abstract: This report describes a joint effort between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), which was funded by the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program to extend the wireless local area network approach to munition testing. The objective of this two-way robust acquisition of data (2-RAD) system program was to design, produce, and demonstrate in flight an instrumented 2.75-inch diameter rocket warhead system that integrates commercial off-the-shelf network hardware to demonstrate the feasibility of wireless two-way communication on board a munition. Five instrumented warheads were produced, and two of these were flight demonstrated at Rocket Alley, YPG. The results of this experiment mark the first successful wireless two-way network communication on a munition.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2004