Accession Number : ADD014828

Title :   Passive Step Trimmer for a Maneuvering Re-Entry Body.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 12 Feb 79, patented 15 Nov 88,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Darden, Ralph M

Report Date : 15 Nov 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : A passive step trimmer for a maneuvering re-entry body (MRB)which uses existing inertials forces acting on the MRB to deploy a free flowing mass from the rear of the MRB to trim the MRB altitude. The mass deployment from the MRB causes a forward shift in the center of gravity which in turn creates a more stable body which flies at a reduced angle of attack.

Descriptors :   ANGLE OF ATTACK, CENTER OF GRAVITY, DEPLOYMENT, FORWARD AREAS, MANEUVERABLE REENTRY VEHICLES, MASS, PASSIVE SYSTEMS, REDUCTION, SHIFTING, STABILITY

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE