Faculty Advisor

Iannacchione, Germano S.

Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Abstract

In outer space, the motion of targets is governed by Newtonâs laws of motion in three dimensions subject only to the force of rocket thrust. Radars can only make accurate measurements in one dimension as range (and range rate). The inability of radar systems to accurately obtain data beyond range measurements stimulated our research into the practical uses of radar data through the analysis of two scenarios: a rocket with an offset thrust and a tumbling two-part rocket separated by an offset impulse. The parameter space for rocket scenarios was explored which resulted in relationships being observed between changing physical parameters and generated radar data. In certain cases, individual parameters were also found to have been quantifiable.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2009

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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