Accession Number : ADD014350

Title :   Low-Cost, Expendable, Crushable Target Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 16 Mar 84, patented 12 Sep 89,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Attinello, John S ; Rousseau, David G

Report Date : 12 Sep 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : An expendable drone aircraft to be used as a target for advanced weapons platforms is made of a lightweight crushable foam material. The drone is adapted to realistically converge upon the weapons platform so as to activate the tracking/fire control sensors thereof. A solid fuel rocket motor is encased in a non-metallic lightweight housing and is used to power the drone in free flight. A simple optical seeking device is used to input a signal to a guidance control system which directs the drone in free flight to converge upon the weapons platform. If the weapons platform fails to neutralize the drone during convergence, the impact hazard of the drone is neutralized by the lightweight crushable foam material which acts to harmlessly absorb the kinetic energy of the drone thereby minimizing danger to equipment and personnel of the weapons platform. Patents. PAT-CL-273-362. (EDC)

Descriptors :   *TARGET DRONES, *PATENTS, ADVANCED WEAPONS, AIRCRAFT, CONTROL SYSTEMS, CONVERGENCE, CRUSHING, DETECTORS, ENERGY ABSORBERS, EXPENDABLE, FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS, FOAM, FREE FLIGHT, GUIDANCE, HAZARDS, LIGHT HOMING, HOUSINGS, IMPACT, KINETIC ENERGY, LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW COSTS, ABSORBERS(MATERIALS), NONMETALS, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLATFORMS, REMOTE CONTROL, SOLID FUELS, SOLID PROPELLANT ROCKET ENGINES, AERIAL TARGETS, TRACKING, WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE