Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division - China Lake and Pt. Mugu


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China Lake, CA 93555-6106
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The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake is located about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, and covers over a million acres of Southern California's Mojave Desert. In 1943, adequate facilities were needed for test and evaluation of rockets developed by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). At the same time, the Navy needed a new proving ground for all aviation ordnance. The Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) was established in response to those needs in November 1943. This vast, sparsely populated desert, with near-perfect flying weather year-round and practically unlimited visibility, proved an ideal location not only for test and evaluation (T&E) activities, but also for a complete research and development (R&D) establishment as well. The early Navy-CalTech partnership established a pattern of cooperative interaction between civilian scientists and experienced military personnel that has made China Lake one of the preeminent RDT&E institutions in the world. In 1967 NOTS became the Naval Weapons Center and now it is known as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. There are approximately 4,200 civilian employees, including 1,000 scientists and engineers, and 450 military personnel at China Lake. The estimated annual budget is approximately $800 million.


NAWCWPNS provides technical and material support to the fleet for land-based flight test and evaluation of Navy weapons systems, conducts high-energy laser systems and subsystems test and evaluation, serves as launch agent for suborbital space systems and research rockets, and participates in the operation of the DoD Missile Test Range at White Sands Missile Range.

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A biosignal measuring device that can include at least one Super-conducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) array (SQA) of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) Josephson Junctions (JJs). The HTS JJs operating parameters can be adjusted to establish an anti-peak response for the SQA, that can be at a maximum along a defined response axis, for detection of extremely small biomagnetic fields. For operation, the SQA can be maneuvered around a target area of a stationary subject that is emitting biomagnetic signals using a stand with three degrees of freedom, so that the response axis remains orthogonal to the subject target area. The device can further include a radome with an atomic layer deposition (ALD) window on the radome surface. The radome ALD surface can allow for passage of magnetic signals through the ALD window and radome, while simultaneously preventing passage of infrared radiation therethrough
Aircraft ground effect altimeter for autonomous landing control
An antenna having an active radome for beam steering and/or nulling in accordance with several embodiments can include at least one omni-directional radiating element, a radome surrounding the radiating element, and a network of conductive segments that can be placed between the radome and radiating element. A plurality of switches can interconnect the conductive segments to form the network. The switches can be FET, MOSFET and optical switches, and can be selectively closed when the element radiates or receives RF energy to selectively establish connectivity between the conductive segments, which can achieve a selective Yagi-like effect for the antenna. The conductive segments network can have any geometric profile when viewed in top plan, such as octagonal, square and the like, provided the segments surround the radiating element. A processor can be used to provide a control algorithm, which can contain non-transitory written directions that selectively activate and deactivate the switches.
An apparatus allows a sample mounted within a temperature controlled radome system to be tested. The apparatus maintains the sample under controlled temperatures and allows radiation from a radiation source to expose the sample to broadband electromagnetic radiation of varying power, frequency and angle of incidence
An improved tapered slot antenna. The structure includes a first antenna element, a second antenna element, a brace, a semi-infinite balun and a radome. The first and second antenna elements are operatively coupled to the brace in a tapered slot antenna configuration. The first and second input feed of the semi-infinite balun are operatively coupled to the first and second antenna elements, respectively, so that the second input feed is situated along substantially an entire length of a feed channel of the second antenna element. The radome is operatively coupled to the first and second antenna elements. A method for fabricating improved tapered slot antennas is also described
Apparatus and method for cooperative multi target tracking and interception
Apparatus and system for navigating in GPS denied environments
Apparatus for and method of forming multiple simultaneous electronically scanned beams using direct digital synthesis
Ball joint gimbal system
Combined coherent and incoherent imaging LADAR



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