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RGB Spectrum's JPEG2000 Recorders Are On Target for Hit-to-Kill Missile Program

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army missile defense system that uses a hit-to kill approach to destroy in-flight short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles. A THAAD missile carries no warhead but instead relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to eliminate its target.

Over the past year, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has been testing the THAAD system's intercept and destroy capability. To analyze the missile system's performance and effectiveness, the MDA uses RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art DGy™ recording systems. Deployed successfully in numerous missile systems worldwide, the RGB Spectrum DGy recording systems deliver visually lossless recording with superior ability to reproduce the most intricate details using advanced JPEG2000 compression. Additionally, DGy codecs offer the unique advantage of recording every frame across the gamut of the visible color spectrum. DGy systems accurately preserve the THAAD system's complex symbologies for post-test analysis.

The THAAD system provides the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles either within or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal phase of flight. The fully-mobile land-based THAAD can be rapidly deployed to react quickly to emerging threats and priorities.

During low-endo-atmospheric live-fire missile tests, the DGy systems record multiple test variables, including; telemetry measurements, missile trajectory and intercept data, radar, and more. The DGy recordings are used to assess the test elements of target acquisition, lethal object discrimination and target engagement. The DGy recordings are then replayed in post-test after-action-reviews to analyze the performance, capabilities and efficacy of the missile system.

Test system operators can directly record sophisticated imagery at resolutions up to 1920x1200 at a real-time rate of 30 frames per second. Operators control the DGy codecs from a PC using an embedded web-based graphical user interface (GUI). They can place event marks at key points during the test or in the after-action-review for immediate random access to any point in the recording. Additionally, operators can transfer the test recordings over the facility's network to other locations such as the Pentagon for remote analysis.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in mission-critical applications in command-and-control, missile testing, simulation, emergency operations, security, and telemetry. High-profile installations include the F-35 Lightning III Joint Strike Fighter simulator program, the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Army MEADS missile defense program.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.