Aerodynamic Maneuvering and Control Actuation System for a Guided Destructive Expendable

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-07-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: N061-017-0328
Amount: $1,050,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-017
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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 Gr
 (216) 649-0399
 patel@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Snyder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Email: snyder@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Orbital Research Inc. (ORI) is investigating the use of a rocket-powered, guided destructive expendable (GuiDE) as a next-generation countermeasure for aircraft self-protection from missile attacks. The GuiDE is aimed to provide a low-cost alternative solution to existing airborne or ground-based aircraft countermeasure systems for protecting aircraft from beamriders and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles such as man portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The system can also be integrated as a separate layer (Tier-2 or Tier-3) in a “layered” aircraft countermeasure system for enhanced coverage and padded protection. In this program, Orbital Research will design, build and test an Aerodynamic Maneuvering and Control Actuation System (AMCAS) on a candidate GuiDE airframe design compatible with the AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy System. During the Phase I, ORI demonstrated the feasibility of multiple steering concepts in a low-speed wind tunnel, and examined the use of a GuiDE to counter hypothetical threat missiles approaching an aircraft from the rear hemisphere using six degree-of-freedom flight trajectory simulations. A study was also conducted to evaluate advanced seeker systems and the effect of seeker variables on the GuiDE design and control performance. During the Phase II, Orbital Research Inc. will advance the design and development of a candidate AMCAS and validate its performance on a candidate GuiDE design via experimental and modeling studies.

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