Upstream Energy Deposition for Increased Speed and Precise Attitude/AoA Control of Hard Target Penetrators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,961.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-08-M-0127
Award Id:
86900
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-047-0762
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PHYSICS, MATERIALS & APPLIED MATH RESEARCH, L.L.C. (Currently Physics, Materials, and Applied Mathematics Research, LLC)
1665 E. 18th Street, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ, 85719
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
058268652
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Kremeyer
Vice President of Research
(520) 903-2345
kremeyer@physics-math.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Kremeyer
Vice President of Research
(520) 903-2345
kremeyer@physics-math.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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