Enhanced Range Using Adaptive Flow Control Structures For FCS Multi-Role Armament Munitions
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DOD / ARMY
"To meet the goals of the Objective Force, the Army has initiated the development ofMulti-Role Armament Munitions for Future Combat System (FCS). Current smart cargoprojectiles and hit-to-kill munitions use conventional control surfaces like finsand canards for stability and control, which limit their range and maneuverability.Also, the volume required by the current control actuation system (CAS) limits themunitions payload capacity and the overall mission performance. Orbital Researchproposes to develop an Aerodynamic Flight Control System (AFCS) based on twoadaptive flow control structures: (1) Deployable Conformable Wings (DCWs) and(2) MEMS based Deployable Flow Effectors (DFEs). The control structures will beused in conjunction with an intelligent controller to provide a cost, power, andvolume efficient flight control and lift enhancement system which can be readilyintegrated into any Army's FCS multi-role armament munitions. The AFCS will be able to maximize body parameters like lift for enhanced range, withstand harsh launchand environmental conditions (high pressure and temperatures, shocks, acoustic noise, etc.), and provide high maneuverability and control for least amount of powerconsumed from the vehicle. Additionally, the overall costs of flight control systemper round will be kept to a minimum level. The proposed Aerodynamic Flight Control System (AFCS) will provide extended rangeand enhanced control and maneuverabil
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