Upstream Energy Deposition for Increased Speed and Precise Attitude/AoA Control of Hard Target Penetrators
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DOD / USAF
The proposed approach involves repetitively depositing a line of energy ahead of a high-speed hard-target penetrator. The heated gas will expand, pushing air aside to create a straight, low-density column, through which the penetrator will propagate. This procedure removes over 90% of the drag on the vehicle, enabling much greater speeds, for both propelled and unpropelled platforms. The low-density tube furthermore exerts forces and moments on the body to keep it centered/aligned along the created path. These effects have been verified in a separate AFRL program on hypersonic platforms, and relevant energy-deposition hardware has been built and tested.
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