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Improving Missile Tests

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is helping improve hardware-in-the-loop simulations, which use portions of real missile hardware — with any missing pieces made up by simulated components — to test fire missiles. (Photo: AEgis Technologies)

Improving Missile Tests

By Robert Nesmith

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers are working with a company in Huntsville, Alabama, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to test high-altitude missiles without ever firing a shot. AEgis Technologies, specialists in modeling and simulation, contracted with GTRI to collaborate with MDA on testing high-altitude air defense missiles.

The work is the second phase of a multi-year project utilizing hardware-in-the-loop testing to enable more accurate modeling and simulation for AEgis customers. Hardware-in-the-loop simulators use portions of the real missile hardware, such as the seeker, with any missing pieces made up by simulated components.

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