A Revised Design for the MMS-P: The MMS-P January 1998 Demo Design and Proposed Changes.

Report No. ARL-TR-1042
Authors: Edward Vidal, Jr.; Edward M. Measure, Miguel A. Suriano
Date/Pages: September 2000; 47 pages
Abstract: Accurate artillery first round fire-for-effect requires correction for the effects of the atmosphere on the trajectory. Wind density, and speed of sound effects, if not properly compensated, produce very large errors. The traditional method of computing the corrections is based on measurement of the atmosphere using a balloon-borne radiosonde. The Meteorological Measuring Set Profiler will supplement or replace the balloon-borne radiosonde with remote sensing techniques, and the single radiosonde profile through the atmosphere will be replaced by a meteorological model which provides a 4-dimensional (3 dimensions of space plus time) representation of the atmospheric state in the battle zone. These changes not only provide more timely meteorology, but also provide meteorology in the launch area, at apogee, and in the target area. The system design described here links major components by Ethernet and uses Java to interface with individual components and manage overall system functions. The Java-based system integration scheme proved its ability to integrate a diverse group of sensors operated by computer using several different operating systems.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2000