Accession Number : ADD009089
Title : Launch Tube Closure.
Descriptive Note : Patent,
Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Mussey,Richard A
Report Date : 24 Nov 1981
Pagination or Media Count : 8
Abstract : This patent describes a closure for a missile launch tube comprising frangible glass ribs mounted on a support ring of the tube to form a dome shaped closure. The ribs are joined to one another externally of and on the longitudinal axis of the launch tube, and a plastic or polymeric cover is mounted on and encloses the glass ribs. The external surface of the plastic cover is provided with a linear-shaped explosive charge and detonator. When the missile begins to move in the launch tube, the detonator is fired to detonate the linear-shaped explosive charge which cuts the plastic and fragments the glass ribs into small granules. The missile may then exit the launch tube without obstruction.
Descriptors : *Patents, *Launch tubes, *Closures, Removal, Domes(Structural forms), Coverings, Ribs, Frangible, Shaped charges, Linear systems, Guided missile launchers
Subject Categories : Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
Ammunition and Explosives
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE