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Posted 4/15/2016 Printable Fact Sheet

The Advanced Missile Signature Center (AMSC) is a national facility supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Intelligence Agencies (DIA) and other DoD programs with analysis, modeling, measurement, archival and distribution services. The AMSC archives include target, threat and battlespace environment signatures for missiles and other vehicles. Staff expertise and supporting infrastructure are primarily focused on tactical and ballistic missile ultraviolet, visible and infrared plume signatures.

These capabilities are leveraged to also address signatures associated with missile postburnout and reentry, celestial and terrestrial backgrounds, scene generation and other battlefield targets such as mortars, small arms fire and fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

AMSC experts use state-of-the-art instrumentation and infrastructure to collect temporal, spectral and spatial signatures during static, launch, sled and free flight tests on test ranges in and outside the USA. Sensors are calibrated to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
pedigree and deployed for expert digital data collection, processing, analysis and quick-look products. Measurement capabilities are complemented by the development and enhancement of computational tools for data processing, data analyses and physics-based modeling. AMSC maintains
expertise in various image processing and analysis tools and government standard modeling and simulation codes to exploit measured data and confidently extrapolate to signatures in the flight envelope that are not readily measured. This extrapolation process anchors the modeled
signatures to measured data. Thousands of modeled signatures are then coupled with an AMSC processing methodology to generate a hypercube of high-fidelity flight envelope signatures that are readily accessible for real-time, hardware-in-the-loop applications.

The AMSC efficiently manages digital data, documents and other nondigital media such as film and video at multiple classification levels. All documents are converted to softcopy text searchable form for information search and retrieval. For key digital data sets, primary data and metadata
are merged into a common standard archive format that permits data recipients to quickly access and exploit data content. Film and video media in 16-, 35- and 70-mm film formats and all of the major video formats can be digitized, and image processing tools can be applied to further exploit collected data. Catalogs and certain program data sets are also available through access-controlled websites.


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(Current as of 2016)

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