Accession Number : ADD014861

Title :   Vehicle Steering Device.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 3 Aug 90,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Travor, Bruce W ; Holler, Roger A

Report Date : 03 Aug 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : This patent application discloses a vehicle steering device that can be joined to any air-dropped, free-falling component and steers that component directly down to a pre-determined location on the earth's surface. The device is comprised of an aerodynamically-shaped housing that is joined to the front of the component, and which carries orientation means in a nose portion, high-density gravity-reaction means, and steering fins rotatably joined thereto. After the combination is dropped, at a pre-determined altitude and airspeed, the orientation means causes it to assume the most efficient aerodynamic position and then the gravity-reaction means forces the nose, which is joined to and leads the component, to dive into the earth. The reaction means are connected to the fins and force a controlled and predictable descent.

Descriptors :   AERODYNAMICS, AIRSPEED, ALTITUDE, CONTROL, DESCENT, EARTH SURFACE, EFFICIENCY, FINS, NOSES, PATENT APPLICATIONS, POSITION(LOCATION), PREDICTIONS, STEERING, VEHICLES

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE