Recoilless Launcher Propulsion System (RLPS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-11-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-047-0043
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-047
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Chris Clair
Principal Aerospace Engineer
(608) 229-2727
stclairc@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
CEO
(608) 229-2730
knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to develop the Recoilless Launcher Propulsion System (RLPS), a means of propelling a warhead from a shoulder-mounted recoilless launcher which will greatly reduce the risks posed to the operator by the back blast from such launchers, including over-pressure, high sound levels, and burns. These risks are of particular concern when the launcher is fired from within an enclosed space such as a room or alleyway. ORBITEC"s proposed RLPS will use a unique propellant formulation to mitigate back blast, over-pressurization, and sound waves. Conservation of momentum will be maintained as the reaction products from the propellant are ejected out the back end of the launcher at high velocity. In the Phase I project, we will model both the propellant reaction and the launcher dynamics, and we will build and test a subscale launch apparatus to experimentally evaluate the candidate propellant formulations.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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