Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory High Powered--Missile Alternative Range Target Instrument (HP-MARTI) program will design and operate an optical-sensor module (OSM) onboard an expendable rocket. The HP-MARTI program will test and characterize the effects of a megawatt airborne laser on a missile during its boost-phase. This project provides a survivability analysis of the HP-MARTI OSM and considers the effects of aerodynamic heating, laser heating, and aerodynamic loading on the rocket and OSM structure, through a coupled thermal and structural numerical analysis. Results show that at 40,000 feet the structure of the rocket and the OSM withstands the increased thermal and structural stresses, allowing enough time for the optical sensors to collect data before failure.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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