Highly Maneuverable Destructive Expendable (HM-DEX) for Aircraft Self-Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-1646
Agency Tracking Number: F041-227-1810
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-227
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
DUNS: 557510336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehul Patel
 Director, Aerodynamics Group
 (216) 649-0399
 patel@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact
 Frederick Lisy
Title: President
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Email: lisy@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Destructive Expendable (DEX), a small rocket-powered projectile, is an effective countermeasure platform against anti-aircraft missiles. DEX requires high stability and extreme maneuvering capabilities to protect the aircraft from advanced anti-aircraft missiles that have seek-and-destroy capability. Orbital Research, Inc., in collaboration with The University of Toledo, proposes a Highly Maneuverable DEX (HM-DEX) configuration and a Hit-to-Kill (HIT-DEX) configuration to enhance stability and maneuverability of DEX using optimally designed fins and novel flow control strategies. Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of HM-DEX concept through experimental and modeling studies on a full scale DEX model. The program will focus on: reducing weather-vaning effects immediately after launch, DEX tumble control, improving stability at moderate-to-extreme launch angles, and increasing azimuthal dispersion of DEX via enhanced flight control. The focus of our Phase II program will be a Hit-to-Kill DEX (HIT-DEX) configuration, where Orbital Research will design, develop, and demonstrate advanced, super-maneuverable HIT-DEX utilizing the technologies developed during the Phase I program with the inclusion of flow thrust vectoring. The proposed Highly Maneuverable DEX can be used on all air vehicles that are in need of self-protection capability for defense against a missile threat.

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