Comprehensive system-based architecture for an integrated high energy laser test bed
HEL Test Bed Team
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This study focuses on developing a conceptual architecture and a set of requirements for testing and evaluating High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon systems and atmospheric characterization tools in a maritime environment. A systems approach was taken, which started with the development of specific requirements. These stakeholder-derived requirements were then translated into capabilities that the test bed must have. A Model-Based System Engineering approach was used to develop physical, functional, and allocated models of the HEL test bed and all its components. An Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) was then performed among multiple test bed variants to determine how well each variant accomplished the desires of the stakeholders from a cost, schedule, and performance perspective. Finally, a systems integration plan was developed to successfully combine subsystems and components involved to ensure that their synthesis adequately met the system’s high-level requirement and function. The essential elements for developing a fully capable HEL test bed have been identified in this study. Based on the derived criteria and AoA that was performed, it appears that the best solution for the Navy at this point would be to centralize all HEL testing in one single location.
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