Acoustically Synchronized Store Ejection/Release Technology (ASSERT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: F093-007-0390a
Amount: $899,908.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
6210 Kellers Church Road, Pipersville, PA, -
DUNS: 929950012
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neeraj Sinha
 Vice President&Technica
 (215) 766-1520
 sinha@craft-tech.com
Business Contact
 Brian York
Title: Treasurer and Principal S
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Email: york@craft-tech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Acoustically Synchronized Store Ejection/Release Technology (ASSERT) test process was developed by CRAFT Tech. This research has produced a capability to conduct small scale dynamic drop tests instrumented with stereo-photogrammetry to track store motion and synchronize this with unsteady weapons bay flowfield measurements. An advanced pneumatic ejection system has been developed which supports the telemetry system requirements, and is capable of imparting predetermined pitch and ejection forces, and enables synchronized data collection. This capability can be used to support current and future weapons separation flight test activities for the F-35 Lightning II. In addition, coupling the time of release of the weapon with the dynamic pressure sensors in the bay has led to a"do no harm"control concept that will allow the store release to be synchronized with the unsteady weapons bay flowfield to reduce the risk of the separating weapon contacting the aircraft. The ASSERT test process will produce store separation trajectory data using light Mach scaled store models, although heavy scaling can be used when conditions permit.

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