An anti-icing system design and test optimization approach is described which is applicable to shipboard or ground missile launcher components where motion is critical. Analytical thermal modeling techniques were utilized to perform design tradeoffs and establish baseline design details and operating power requirements. A special test facility was developed for anti-icing system checkout. This facility was used to verify environmental boundary conditions (e.g., heat transfer coefficients), determine ice formation patterns provide temperature data for analytical model correlation, and optimize power requirements. This paper encompasses the anti-icing system design, the facility development, and the operating test results.