Lightning Protection of Revolving Aircraft Turrets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-3246
Agency Tracking Number: 021VA-0548
Amount: $99,786.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
204 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY, 10012
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Myrick
 Chief Engineer
 (212) 966-0661
 myrick@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (212) 966-0661
Email: chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The objective of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate a lightning protection system for rotating structures. Specifically, we plan to design a system compatible with a nose-mounted ball turret such as the one employed by Boeing in their AirborneLaser System. Conventional lightning protection schemes such as metal screens or coatings are not effective for rotational interfaces such as turrets. In the attempt to fly lightweight, durable structures, composite materials are a primary choice.However, these materials cannot withstand the large currents associated with lightning strikes. We are proposing a lightning protection system that combines the metal mesh/coating approach to lightning strike mitigation with the innovative Rotary BandContact concept developed here at Honeybee to provide a ground path for rotating composite structures. The lightning protection system proposed here will be compatible with nonstationary interfaces as those used in tanks, airborne systems, and rotary domesof all kinds."

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