Accession Number : ADD014776

Title :   VLA (ALWT) Airframe Clamshell Opener Assembly.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 11 Feb 87, patented 13 Oct 87,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lewis, Thomas L ; Stiles, Edward H

Report Date : 13 Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : A missile having a payload mounted on an airframe includes a pair of wave shaped springs for separating the payload from the airframe at a predetermined time in the flight envelope. Hinged clamshell-half fairing members in the airframe support the payload during the initial stages of deployment by a rocket motor. At the predetermined time an explosive band separation device is actuated so that the pair of diametrically disposed wave-shaped springs can force the clamshell-half fairing members apart and into the slipstream to disengage the airframe from the payload to assure its intended deployment. (EDC)

Descriptors :   AIRFRAMES, FLIGHT ENVELOPE, ROCKET ENGINES, SHAPE, SLIPSTREAM, SPRINGS, WAVES

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE