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1 Infrasonic Characterization of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) Test 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 5-14 Aug 2011

2 HTV-2A Planned Mission Trajectory and Timeline 2

3 HTV-2 External Configuration 0.5 inch R leading edges Elliptic nose Wing Sweep Break point GPS Frustum-Antenna CLS Antenna S/C Band Antenna (2) Windward slice Split-windward flaps Reaction Control System GPS Aft- Antenna Plasma Probe 3

4 HTV-2A Flight Path & other Assoc. Ops 33.8 N, W 26.2 N, W 20.8 N, W 17.6 N, 177 W 12.6 N, E Pacific Collector OTTR- OTTR Worthy TSP 5 TSP 4 TSP 3 TSP 2 TSP 1 Pacific Collector OTTR Makaha Ridge MATSS OTTR Worthy Roi-Namur G-III Cast Glance BH-341 Tern Island chosen due to it’s proximity to flight path 4 French Frigate Shoals

5 Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies only MDA Associate Operations  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 mid- glide  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

6 French Frigate Shoals 500 nm NW of Oahu

7 French Frigate Shoals Tern Island

8 * * * * * * * * * Sensor Placement Deactivated 3,300 ft runway

9 Sensor Install Team Dr. John Olson Univ Alaska Fairbanks Jay Helmericks Univ Alaska Fairbanks Frank Highsmith USPACOM Rob Davies USARPAC

10 Ole Miss piezoelectric atmospheric pressure sensor (crystal activated) Univ Alaska Fairbanks, Chaparral Microbarometer (diaphram activated) Infrasound Sensors

11 Searcher Open Ocean Research Vessel Berth GalleySalonMedia Center Length - 96ft Range - 3,500 9 kts

12 Ship’s briefing by skipper, Jon Littenburg Searcher Pilot House Dr. Richard Littenberg, Ships Doctor Noa, First Mate Jillian, Crewmember Dinner

13 Tern Island Terns

14 Which way is…?Beach Assault New Resident More Terns

15 Day Room Dorm Rooms Back Yard Typical Room

16 Paula Hartzell Outgoing Fish & Wildlife Lead (9 month tour on-island) Meagan, new incoming Fish & Wildlife Lead Sensor Schleppers HTV-2 test brief to volunteer staff (6 month tour)

17 Sensor Security – Red Footed Boobies Avian Effluent Protection Cover Ready for test eventSensor Placement


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