Accession Number : ADD012212

Title :   Ground Launched Missile Controlled Rate Decelerator.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Brittain,Harold G ; Brantley,Charles B

Report Date : 11 Mar 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : This patent discloses a deceleration sled to decelerate and safely contain a launched test missile. The sled has crushable honeycomb which absorbs the initial impact of the missile as the sled accelerates along a track to the same speed as the missile. As the deceleration sled is pushed down the rails, forming shoes on both sides of the sled engage flat metal plates. The forming shoes roll the flat plates into a 'U' shape. The energy required to roll these plates can be changed by varying their thickness.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *SLED TESTS, *ENERGY ABSORBERS, *DECELERATION, GUIDED MISSILES, LAUNCHING, HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES, CRUSHING, RAILS, TAPER, METAL PLATES, MATERIAL FORMING, THICKNESS, GUIDED MISSILE SAFETY, TRACKS(AERODYNAMICS), RESTRAINT

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE