Alternative Flight Control Methods for Supersonic/Hypersonic Cruise Missiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0327
Agency Tracking Number: N071-095-0243
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-095
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
1900 Bates Ave., Suite G, Concord, CA, 94520
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike McFarland
 Principal Scientist
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Ann Mulville
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Research Institution
Acree Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has demonstrated the effectiveness of using an innovative Cathodic Arc Plasma Source (CAPS) to produce high-density plasma for pressure changes of over 100% in a Mach-5 flow. ATI proposes to use its CAPS system for actuation of supersonic and hypersonic missile systems. The goal of the Phase-I is to show actuation effects in the speed range of interest, namely Mach 0.5 to Mach 5. Plasma actuators work by coupling electromagnetic energy directly to the flow stream via the plasma without the use of a mechanical intermediary such as a pump, a flap or a motor. By adjusting the plasma density and magnetic field, the lift can be varied between zero and high values. The advantage of this approach is that there are no moving parts, so it is very robust. The CAPS is capable of being energized in a matter of microseconds compared to at least milliseconds for mechanical systems, which allows for increased accuracy of high-speed missiles.

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