HIGH EFFICIENCY, RELATIVELY LOW-CURRENT INPUT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$49,651.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
15726
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Xerad Inc
1526 14th Street Suite 102, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr Robert M Salter
 Principal Investigator
 (213) 458-6557
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
IN 1971 AUSTRALIAMS BARBER AND MARSHALL RAILGUN-ACCELERATED A SMALL PROJECTILE TO 7 KM/S; SPAWNING A NEW ERA OF ELECTRIC HYPERVELOCITY LAUNCHERS FOR WEAPONS, SPACE LAUNCH, AND IMPACT FUSION. AMONG ELECTROMAGNETIC CANDIDATES ONLY THE RAILGUN ACHIEVES MULTI-KILOGEE ACCELERATIONS NEEDED FOR SHORT-BARREL GUNS. HOWEVER, INPUT CURRENTS OF MEGA-TO-GIGA-AMPERES ARE REQUIRED. ALSO IN THE CONVENTIONAL RAILGUN HALF OF THE INPUT ENERGY STAYS BEHIND AS RESIDUAL FIELD. YET FURTHER, RESTRIKE EFFECTS IN THE PLASMA "ARMATURE" PRESENTLY LIMIT LAUNCH SPEEDS TO \6 KM/S. THE GRAIL RAILGUN OFFERS TO PROVIDE (PROPRIETARY) SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS AS WELL AS TO ELIMINATE MUZZLE FLASH.

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