Accession Number : ADD015247

Title :   Electrically Actuated Multiple Store Launcher.

Descriptive Note : Patent, filed 30 Oct 90, patented 24 Dec 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Marshall, Frank P ; Travor, Bruce W

Report Date : 24 Dec 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : This invention comprises a multi-store, electrical pulse initiated launcher that fits into, and is electrically connected with a transporting vehicle and that contains sequentially stacked assemblies. An electrical pulse from the transporting vehicle causes a resistor with the least value to transfer the electric sufficient gas pressure to force the store out of the launcher. The present invention discloses an electrically-actuated, multi-store dispenser wherein an initial electrical charge ignites gas cartridges causing sequential launching of stores from their tandem position inside a launch container. In some environments, it is desirable to dispense multiple stores from a launch vehicle, for instance sonobuoys, in dense patterns. Due to physical limitations of space in the dispensing vehicle, an effort was made to miniaturize the active components inside the store and therefore reduce the overall outer dimensions thereof. Once the size of the store was reduced, in order to meet the demands of the denser patterns, the inside of the individual launch containers were modified to allow each to hold and dispense more than one store. This new type of launch container, in addition to maintaining the size requirement dictated by the transporting vehicle, is operated by the vehicle's electrical system.

Descriptors :   CARTRIDGES, CONTAINERS, DISPENSERS, ELECTRIC CHARGE, ELECTRIC CURRENT, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, EXTERNAL, GASES, HIGH DENSITY, LAUNCH VEHICLES, LAUNCHING, LIMITATIONS, PATTERNS, POSITION(LOCATION), PRESSURE, PULSES, RESISTORS, SONOBUOYS, SPACE(ROOM), STACKING, TRANSFER, VEHICLES

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
      Rockets

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE