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Innovative Ejector Launch System

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Weapons 

OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative methods for propelling missiles out of a Vertical Launch System (VLS) without using the first stage rocket. 

DESCRIPTION: This topic seeks design concepts for propelling missiles weighing up to 10,000 lb out of a VLS canister to a distance of 100+ ft without using the first stage rocket. Successful proposals should stay within the constraints of the VLS launcher and the footprint of current host platforms. An alternate method for ejecting the missile out of the launcher could potentially increase the missile performance to meet future needs. 

PHASE I: Develop a proof of concept. Identify designs and conduct a feasibility assessment for the proposed solution. Perform analysis to demonstrate the concept and to provide an understanding of the new and innovative technology. 

PHASE II: Develop and refine the proposed solution based on the results and findings of Phase I. Validate the feasibility of the Phase I concept by development and demonstrations through testing to ensure performance objectives. Validations would include, but not be limited to, system simulations, operation in test-beds, or operation in a demonstration subsystem. The Phase II effort should result in a prototype with substantial commercialization potential. 

PHASE III: Based on Phase II lessons learned, revise the systems model to prove out the new design. Develop and execute a Phase III incremental test & integration plan that will produce a final prototype. Demonstrate interface capability with a government furnished VLS. 

REFERENCES: 

1: https://www.dsiac.org/resources/journals/dsiac/fall-2014-volume-1-number-2/promising-future-us-navy-vertical-launching

2:  https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products

3:  http://www.seaforces.org/wpnsys/SURFACE/Mk-41-missile-launcher.htm

4:  https://www.baesystems.com/en-us/product/vertical-launching-system-vls-mk41

5:  https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2100&tid=550&ct=2

KEYWORDS: Vertical Launching System, VLS, Mk 41 

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