Synthetic Scene Generation Model (SSGM)
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requires models and simulations to support the development and testing of their Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Inherent in this requirement is the need to simulate the detection, acquisition, discrimination and tracking of anticipated targets and predict the effect of natural and man-made backgrounds and environmental phenomena on optical systems designed to perform these tasks. The Synthetic Scene Generation Model (SSGM) is designed to integrate state-of-science knowledge, data bases, and validated phenomenology models to simulate multi-phenomenology scenes of ballistic missile engagement scenarios for passive sensors aboard surveillance system platforms and defensive interceptor missiles, thereby serving as a traceable standard against which different BMDS concepts and designs can be evaluated.
The Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Space Science Division in Washington, DC led the development of SSGM for the Strategic Defense Strategic Defense Initiative Office (SDIO) starting in the late 1980s. CPI joined NRL's SSGM team in 1994 and has been involved in multiple aspects of the SSGM program for over 15 years including user support and most recently the porting of SSGM from IRIX to Linux.