Missile Design – Virtual Modules

Cost:

$2390 per person for the 9 modules

Summary:

This series of on-line live webinars provide a system-level, integrated method for missile design, development, and system engineering.

The first webinar module presents an overview of missile design, development, and system engineering.  Webinar modules 2-9 provide more in-depth information, addressing the specialized areas of missile aerodynamics, missile propulsion, missile weight, missile flight performance, missile guidance, missile lethality, missile system engineering, and missile development. The prediction methods presented in the webinars are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems, technologies, and the current/projected state-of-the-art.

Over 100 videos illustrate missile system and subsystems development activities.

 

Course Outline:

  1. Overview of Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (4 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a first-level overview of missile design, development, and system engineering.  A system-level, integrated method is provided for missile design, technologies, development, analysis, and system engineering activities in addressing requirements such as cost, performance, risk, and launch platform integration. Conceptual design methods are presented for the missile system and subsystems. The prediction methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Sizing examples are presented for rocket-powered, ramjet-powered, and turbo-jet powered baseline missiles as well as guided bombs. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Examples are shown of missile system and subsystems development test activities. Videos illustrate missile system design, performance, development, and system engineering.

Agenda

  • Introduction / Drivers in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration / System Engineering
  • Missile Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Key drivers in missile design, development, and system engineering
  • Configuration sizing methods for aerodynamics, propulsion, weight, and flight trajectory
  • Integration with aircraft, ground, and ship platforms
  • Robustness, lethality, guidance, navigation, flight control, observables, survivability, safety, reliability, and cost
  • Missile sizing examples
  • Development of missile system, subsystems, and technology

 

 

  1. Missile Aerodynamics (4 hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a system-level approach for missile aerodynamic design, development, and system engineering. The methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Methods are shown for predicting drag, normal force, pitching moment, static margin, and hinge moment.  Aerodynamic flight control alternatives (canard, wing, tail), propulsion flight control alternatives (thrust vector flight control, reaction jet flight control), aerodynamic stabilizer alternatives, maneuver law alternatives, and wing sizing are discussed. Sizing examples are presented for maximizing aerodynamic flight performance of rocket-powered missiles, ramjet-powered missiles, turbo-jet powered missiles, and guided bombs. Examples of the state-of-the-art in missile aerodynamics, typical values of missile aerodynamic parameters, and the characteristics of current operational missiles are presented. Launch platform integration includes aircraft, ship, and ground vehicles. The missile aerodynamics development process includes design validation/technology development, development tests, and test facilities. Videos illustrate missile aerodynamic development activities and performance.

 Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Aerodynamics
  • Missile Aerodynamic Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Aerodynamics
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Aerodynamics
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Aerodynamics
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration/System Engineering Considerations in Missile Aerodynamics
  • Missile Aerodynamic Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Aerodynamics Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned.
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Key drivers in the missile aerodynamic design and system engineering process
  • Critical tradeoffs, methods, and technologies in missile aerodynamic sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements such as configuration shaping for low observables
  • Aerodynamic conceptual design prediction methods
  • Launch platform-missile configuration integration
  • Aerodynamic sizing examples to meet missile performance requirements
  • Missile aerodynamics development process

 

 

  1. Missile Propulsion (4 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a system-level, integrated approach for missile propulsion design, development, and system engineering. The methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide insight into the primary driving parameters. Typical values of missile propulsion parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies. The current state-of-the-art is presented. Sizing examples are presented for rocket-powered, ramjet-powered, and turbo-jet powered missiles. Turbojet engine information includes design considerations, sizing, turbine materials, compressor alternatives, and inlet-launch platform integration. Ramjet information includes selecting ramjet engine, booster, and inlet alternatives, ramjet performance prediction, and high-density fuels. Solid propellant rocket motor information includes performance prediction, design tradeoffs, manufacturing, propellant alternatives, propellant grain cross section, thrust magnitude control, observables, lifetime prediction, combustion instability, motor case/nozzle materials, and insulation materials. Ducted rocket information includes performance prediction and design tradeoffs. Comparisons are presented of propulsion thrust vector and reaction jet flight control versus aerodynamic flight control. Videos illustrate missile propulsion development activities and performance.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Propulsion
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Propulsion
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Propulsion
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Propulsion
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration Considerations in Missile Propulsion
  • Missile Propulsion Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Propulsion Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Conceptual Design Prediction Methods for turbojet, ramjet, and solid propellant rocket propulsion
  • Key drivers in missile propulsion design, development, and system engineering
  • Critical tradeoffs, methods, and technologies in missile propulsion system sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements such as observables, safety, reliability, and cost
  • Launch platform-missile propulsion integration
  • Propulsion sizing examples to meet missile performance requirements
  • Missile propulsion system and technology development process

 

 

  1. Missile Weight (3 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a system-level approach for missile weight design, development, and system engineering. The methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters.  Methods are shown for predicting missile weight, center-of-gravity, and moment of inertia. Prediction methods are provided for the effect on missile weight on flight performance range, velocity, and maneuverability. Typical densities are shown for the missile and subsystems. Examples are provided of lighter weight and smaller subsystems. Factors of safety are provided for hazardous subsystems and flight conditions. Structure material considerations include strength-to-density ratio, maximum temperature, and thermal inertia. Insulation material considerations include thermal diffusivity and maximum temperature. Conceptual design methods provide body structure thickness for manufacturing, buckling, bending moment, and internal pressure loads. Airframe manufacturing processes include casting, forming, 3D printing, machining, welding, composite, compression molding, hot isostatic press, and pultrusion. Conceptual design methods predict aerodynamic heating temperatures and thermal stress. Alternatives are provided for light weight seeker dome material. Videos illustrate missile weight design, development, and system engineering.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Weight
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Weight
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Weight
  • Missile Weight Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Weight
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration/System Engineering Considerations in Missile Weight
  • Missile Weight Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Weight Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned.
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile System Weight and Subsystems Weight (e.g., Rocket Motor, Structure, Warhead, Power Supply, Radome)
  • Benefits of a Light-Weight Missile (Production Cost, Firepower, Expeditionary Warfare, Mission Flexibility, Size, Logistics Cost, Observables)
  • Missile Structure and Insulation Materials
  • Missile Airframe Manufacturing Processes
  • Design and System Engineering Tradeoffs That Impact Missile Weight
  • New Technologies for Missile Weight Reduction

 

 

  1. Missile Flight Performance (4 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar addresses the parameters/technologies that maximize missile flight performance, tools for conceptual design prediction of missile flight performance, and examples of flight performance for rocket-powered, ramjet-powered and turbojet-powered missiles as well as guided bombs. The emphasis is on physics-based prediction equations, to better illustrate the most important, driving considerations and to provide a broad range of applicability. Missile contributors to the flight envelope max/min range include seeker, maneuver capability, time of flight, velocity, and safety/fuzing. The effect of target limitations to missile flight envelope include target no-escape zone, aspect, velocity, and maneuverability. Also presented are launch platform/fire control system limitations of fire control system range and off boresight, launch platform velocity, human launch operator response time, and launch platform obscuration limitations to missile flight envelope. Comparison are made of firing doctrine (e.g., single shot, shoot-look-shoot, shoot-shoot) on missile effective envelope. Intercepts that require terminal flight trajectory shaping (e.g, vertical impact for deeply buried targets, vertical impact for less collateral damage) are discussed. Comparisons are made of conceptual design force and moment modeling versus preliminary design modeling. Conceptual design prediction methods include cruise range, glide range, coast range, turn radius, turn rate, off-boresight, ballistic range, boost velocity, divert range, and proportional guidance lead. Videos illustrate missile flight performance.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Flight Performance
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Flight Performance
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Flight Performance
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Flight Performance
  • Missile Flight Performance Design, Development, and System Engineering
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration Considerations in Missile Flight Performance
  • Missile Flight Performance Sizing and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Flight Performance Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Approaches to Maximize Missile Flight Performance
  • Effect of Launch Platform, Targeting, Fire Control System, Human Launch Operator, and Target on Missile Effective Flight Envelope
  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile Flight Range, Velocity, Time-to-Target, and Off-Boresight
  • Equations of Motion and Drivers for Missile Flight Performance
  • Alternative Flight Trajectories
  • Role of Flight Performance in the Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering Process

 

 

  1. Missile Guidance (4 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a system-level, integrated method for missile guidance design, development, and system engineering. It addresses requirements such as performance, cost, risk, and launch platform integration. The prediction methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Typical values of missile guidance parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies and the current/projected state-of-the-art.  Seeker/sensor/data link alternatives include radar, infrared, and laser. Seeker robustness considerations include performance with adverse weather, clutter, automatic target recognition, and countermeasures.  Navigation alternatives include Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial reference.  Flight control alternatives include tail, canard, wing, thrust vector, and reaction jet control.  Carriage and fire control interfaces are presented for aircraft, ground vehicle, and ship launch platforms.  Discussion of guidance simulation includes conceptual design modeling, preliminary design modeling, and hardware-in-loop modeling. The missile guidance development process, test facilities, and development tests are presented.  Videos illustrate missile guidance activities and performance.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Guidance
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Guidance
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Guidance
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Guidance
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration/System Engineering Considerations in Missile Guidance
  • Missile Guidance Accuracy and Sizing Tools
  • Missile Guidance Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Key Drivers in the Missile Guidance Design and System Engineering Process
  • Critical Tradeoffs, Methods, and Technologies in Missile Guidance Selection and Sizing
  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile Guidance
  • Targeting System, Launch Platform, and Missile Guidance Integration
  • Missile Guidance Sizing Examples
  • Missile Guidance System and Technology Development Process

 

 

  1. Missile Lethality (3 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar provides a system-level approach to define missile lethality.  The prediction methods are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Conceptual design methods are provided for probability of kill, warhead lethal radius, blast overpressure, fragment velocity, and target penetration distance. Examples are presented for blast-fragmentation, shaped charge, thermobaric, and kinetic energy warheads. Types of warheads for different launch platforms and targets are presented. Typical values of warhead parameters and the characteristics of current warheads are discussed as well as the enabling components and technologies and the current/projected state-of-the-art.  Conceptual design prediction of proximity fuzing includes selection of standoff distance, forward look angle, and time delay for maximum lethality. Target parameters that drive warhead and fuzing include size, vulnerable area, hardness, and missile-target closing velocity. Videos illustrate warhead design, performance, development, and system engineering.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Lethality
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Lethality
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Lethality
  • Weight Considerations in Missile Lethality
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Lethality
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration/System Engineering Considerations in Missile Lethality
  • Missile Warhead and Fuzing Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned.
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Types of Warheads for Different Launch Platforms and Targets
  • Warhead Components
  • Prediction of Warhead Lethal Radius
  • Target Vulnerability Modeling
  • Minimizing Collateral Damage
  • Optimizing Fuzing Standoff Distance, Forward Look Angle, and Time Delay

 

 

  1. Missile System Engineering (3 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar covers the fundamentals of missile system engineering. Provided are system-level assessments of the missile system engineering considerations for the environment (storage, transportation, carriage), type of launch platform (air, ground, naval), launch platform  constraints (geometry, weight, loading, launcher, safety, observables, survivability, avionics), fire control system (command guidance, semi-active seeker guidance, autonomous seeker guidance), and logistics interface.  Missile system modeling includes digital computer and hardware-in simulation. Also included are targeting, midcourse guidance (global navigation satellite system, inertial navigation system, terrain waypoint navigation, data link), and terminal guidance (seeker, data link) interfaces. Videos illustrate missile system engineering interfaces and activities.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile System Engineering
  • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile System Engineering
  • Propulsion Considerations in Missile System Engineering
  • Weight Considerations in Missile System Engineering
  • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile System Engineering
  • Other Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration Considerations in Missile System Engineering
  • Missile System Engineering Development Process
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Missile System Types and Missions
  • Missile System Measures of Merit Such as Accuracy, Lethality, Collateral, Survivability, Safety, Reliability, and Cost
  • Missile System Requirements Definition (Performance, Cost, Risk) and System Requirements Flow-Down to Subsystem Requirements
  • Launch Platform / Fire Control Integration
  • Environmental Requirements (e.g., solar radiation, ambient temperature, humidity, rain rate, dust, vibration, shock)
  • Missile System Engineering Considerations in Development Testing

 

 

  1. Missile Development (2 Hours)

Synopsis

This live webinar presents missile development activities. Typical timelines and funding are presented for the US missile research, technology development, and acquisition process. Tasks and sequences are shown for missile development, integration, tests, design verification, and design validation. Missile development tests and facilities are shown for wind tunnel, propulsion, warhead, structure, seeker, guidance, environmental, and observables tests. Approaches are shown for selecting missile flight test ranges and conducting flight tests. Technology roadmap development discussion includes identification of tasks, goals, options, testing facilities, and technology transition planning activities. Tradeoffs are presented for optimizing missile performance, cost, and risk. Historical examples are provided of missile technologies that have transformed warfare. Videos illustrate missile development facilities and testing.

Agenda

  • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Development
  • Missile Development Process
  • Missile Tests and Facilities
  • Missile Technology Roadmap
  • Historical Missile Development Programs
  • Enabling Technologies for Missiles
  • Some Lessons Learned
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Missile Development Activities / Funding / Time Frame
  • Missile History / Follow-on Programs
  • Missile Cost, Risk, and Performance Tradeoffs
  • Missile Tests / Integration
  • Missile State-of-the-Art Advancements
  • New Technologies for Missiles

Instructors:

  • Eugene L. Fleeman has 50+ years of government, industry, academia, and consulting experience in the design and development of missile systems.  Formerly a manager of missile programs at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Rockwell International, Boeing, and Georgia Tech, he is an international lecturer on missiles and the author of 200+ publications, including three textbooks.  His textbooks and short courses on Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering emphasize physics-based prediction methods, for enhanced insight, speed, and accuracy to the conceptual design process.  Since the year 1999 his short course has been held over 100 times in fifteen countries and five continents.

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