Beyond LOS Detection of Hypersonic Vehicles


  • Randall L. Musselman US Air Force Academy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Stephan H. Chastain US Air Force Academy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado Springs, CO, USA


HF, hypersonic, over-the-horizon radar, plasma, RCS


RCS modeling of a typical hypersonic vehicle and its plasma sheath was investigated. The plasma parameters were analyzed to determine which were most dominant for accurate RCS prediction. HF was determined to provide BLOS detection and good conductivity of the plasma, for optimum RCS.


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How to Cite

Randall L. Musselman, & Stephan H. Chastain. (2020). Beyond LOS Detection of Hypersonic Vehicles. The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal (ACES), 35(11), 1364–1365. Retrieved from