The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Stellar Science a $7.4 million contract to build a computer simulation platform for testing high-powered weapon systems, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday.
John Keller writes the company will also research and develop underlying directed-energy components through the AFRL’s Directed Energy High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute program.
AFRL wants the simulator to incorporate propagation models, laser source and ancillary tools and to help researchers identify potential effects of directed-energy weapons on a target, according to the report.
Work will take place at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico and is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.
Keller reports that Stellar Science develops software products for three-dimensional shape reconstruction, image and geometrical processing, computer-aided design and radio frequency modeling.