US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center (SMDC-RAC)
To promote and facilitate USMA cadet and faculty research in support of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) objectives; enhance the professional development of the USMA faculty; and inspire cadets through space and missile defense education and research to face technical challenges with confidence.
LTC Sam Amber, PhD, PE
· Teach the PH472 (Space and Astrophysics) elective to provide baseline space and missile defense knowledge for cadet STEM majors.
· After completion of PH472, deploy cadets for space and missile defense summer internships throughout the SMDC global community.
· Upon return from their summer internship, advise cadets conducting senior-year research sponsored by SMDC.
· Credential graduating cadets with a 3Y (Space Enabler) Additional Skill Identifier and induct them into the Army Space Cadre, thereby preparing them for future space and missile defense assignments.
· Assist the following multi-disciplinary small satellite investigations led by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science:
- Black Knight 1
- Black Knight 2 (development started in AY 13-14)
· Integrate cadets and faculty into MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s missile defense radar calibration research. This effort is investigating a small satellite radar calibration sphere – called the A-Sphere – utilizing dielectric technology to create a “cat’s eye” retroreflectivity effect from orbit back to the ground radar.