Since July 1985, the Foreign Technology Division of the Air Force Systems Command has been sponsoring
collections against missiles and space launches from the Western Test Range. The effort is called the Field
Observations and Measurements Experiment, or Project FOME. The collections have been done by the Sverdrup
Corporation operations located at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee. FOME is
a ground based program designed for efficient collection of data on plume radiation during flight. Radiometric
and spectrometric collections are made from the JR to the UV, the UV measurements being taken during night
launches only. One of the advantages of this effort is that it utilizes many of the same instruments used in the
AEDC test cells. This helps reduce differences between what is seen in the test cells and what is collected in the
field. It also allows the use of off-the-shelf products, as we have not yet seen a need for special "field hardened"
instrumentation. The data are used for algorithm development.