Microscale Ordnance Technologies for Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)
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1413 Brandi Lane, Round Rock, TX, -
AbstractABSTRACT: The proposed program is a continuation of the research, development and testing of an extremely reduced scale (1cc to 10 cc) ordnance technology that was demonstrated in the Phase I program. The concept is a high-velocity, high-temperature metal-vapor torch (MVT), designed to focus its energy into a concentrated region or distribute energy into a prescribed pattern depending upon the target characteristics. The MVT can be mounted to a small, remote-controlled platform for close approach to the target or function as the ordnance package for a small, self propelled pyrophoric missile (PM) to attack targets at 10"s of meters standoff distance. The ordnance package will include a miniature power supply, contact fuze and safe and arm device. The objectives are to: optimize the original MVT and PM design; develop derivatives that offer improved performance and functionality; and benchmark the MVT performance against multiple targets using equal volume, conventional warheads. The work plan is organized into the following three stages: component development and validation stage (designed to quickly mature the MVT ordnance package and PM propulsion system); system development and validation stage, which involves testing a realistic prototype in a relevant operational environment; and a technology transition stage. BENEFIT: The microscale ordnance technology has direct applications to developing more efficient energetic tools and devices for perforation and cutting operations in the oil exploration and production industry. EMPI is uniquely positioned to advance this commercialization because of its relationship with an energy services company for the oil industry.
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