Department of Defense

Report
Infrasonic Characterization of the
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle
(HTV-2) Test
5-14 Aug 2011
Advanced Technologies
Enabling Long-Duration Hypersonic Flight
for Prompt Global Reach
Rob Davies, USARPAC
Frank Highsmith, USPACOM
Chris Gastion (Kwajelein), AFTAC/DIA
Dr. John Olson, Geophysical Institute, Univ Alaska, Fairbanks
Jay Helmericks, Geophysical Institute, Univ Alaska, Fairbanks
HTV-2A Planned Mission Trajectory and Timeline
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HTV-2 External Configuration
GPS Frustum-Antenna
0.5 inch R
leading edges
CLS Antenna
Elliptic nose
Wing Sweep
Break point
Plasma Probe
Reaction
Control
System
GPS AftAntenna
S/C Band Antenna (2)
Windward
slice
Split-windward
flaps
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HTV-2A Flight Path & other Assoc. Ops
TSP 1
33.8 N, 147.1 W
Pacific Collector
26.2 N, 152.1 W
OTTR-
TSP 2
G-III
Pacific Collector
OTTR
20.8 N, 169.2 W
OTTR
TSP 3
Makaha Ridge
17.6 N, 177 W
MATSS
TSP 4
OTTR
Worthy
Worthy
Roi-Namur
12.6 N, 176.7 E
TSP 5
French Frigate Shoals
Cast Glance
BH-341
Tern Island chosen due to it’s proximity to flight path
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MDA Associate Operations
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Radars
 AEGIS - 1 AEGIS DDG located N. of Hawaii
 AN/TPY - 1 system located at VAFB tracking booster fly-out
 SBX – North of Hawaii
 GBR-P – RTS
 Electro-Optic/IR
 WASP - Modified DC-10, Vis, NIR, MWIR, LWIR, observe midglide
 HALO 1 & 2 - Modified Gulfstreams, Vis, NIR, MWIR, LWIR observe mid-glide
 ABIR - MQ-9 Reaper /Ground Based platform operating near
VAFB observing booster fly-out
 ALTB – Formerly ABL, Operate south of VAFB observing booster
fly-out through HTV separation
 STSS, NFIRE, ATRR – 4 Overhead Assets (multi-wavelength)
specific coverage TBD
 Other
 ESL, TEDAC, TMOps, MIDCON, TGRS
Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies only
French Frigate Shoals
500 nm NW of Oahu
Tern Island
French Frigate Shoals
Tern Island
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Deactivated 3,300 ft runway
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Sensor Install Team
Dr. John Olson
Univ Alaska Fairbanks
Frank Highsmith
USPACOM
Rob Davies
USARPAC
Jay Helmericks
Univ Alaska Fairbanks
Infrasound Sensors
Univ Alaska Fairbanks, Chaparral
Microbarometer (diaphram activated)
Ole Miss piezoelectric atmospheric
pressure sensor (crystal activated)
Searcher Open Ocean Research Vessel
Length - 96ft
Range - 3,500 nm @ 9 kts
Galley
Salon
Berth
Media Center
Searcher Pilot House
Ship’s briefing by skipper, Jon Littenburg
Dr. Richard Littenberg,
Ships Doctor
Noa, First Mate
Jillian, Crewmember
Dinner
Tern Island
Terns
Which way is…?
Beach Assault
More Terns
New Resident
Day Room
Back Yard
Dorm Rooms
Typical Room
Paula Hartzell
Outgoing Fish & Wildlife Lead
(9 month tour on-island)
Sensor Schleppers
Meagan, new incoming
Fish & Wildlife Lead
HTV-2 test brief to volunteer staff
(6 month tour)
Avian Effluent Protection Cover
Sensor Security – Red Footed Boobies
Sensor Placement
Ready for test event

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