AEDC completes new facility for obtaining and analyzing signature data


Major gains are being made in technical innovation at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), one example being the Joint Standard Instrumentation Suite (JSIS) capability that was recently completed by members of the AEDC Instrumentation and Diagnostics Development team.

The JSIS is a new and innovative system for measuring, recording and analyzing radiometric signature data of man-portable air-defense system missiles and hostile fire munitions.

According to Taylor Swanson, AEDC aerospace engineer with the Analysis and Technology branch, creation of this capability involved combining multiple systems together.

“JSIS consists of several instruments networked together and connected to computers hosting processing, analysis and data archiving software,” Swanson said. “Signature data is now acquired in multiple spectral bands, with higher accuracy and resolution than previous equipment, synchronized and stored in a common format, and comprehensively analyzed and integrated quickly. JSIS provides this information to develop self-protection sensors and to validate threat signature modeling codes.”

The JSIS has been successfully transitioned over to the Field Measurement Team in the Space and Missiles Combined Test Force at AEDC. The new test support system, which has been a multi-year project, was first implemented in the autumn of 2016 during a test at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

February 23, 2017

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