Ballute Stabilization System for M-118 Bomb
Final rept. 1 Jul-31 Dec 1968
GOODYEAR AEROSPACE CORP AKRON OH
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A drag-stabilization system utilizing a ram-air inflatable BALLUTE was considered for compatible application to the operational M-118 bomb where use of the conventional M-135 fin assembly is physically prohibitive. Wind- tunnel tests of 110-scale models were conducted and the results were analyzed to determine a stable BALLUTE size and configuration. A positive operating mechanism was designed to ensure consistent deployment of ram-air scoops for initiating the BALLUTE inflation. Stress and reliability analyses were performed to support the design effort, and the first prototype was vibration tested to prepare the system hardware for Air Force flight testing. Several fabricated units were recommended for intended bomb drops to enable evaluation of the concept.
- Aerial Bombs
- Fluid Mechanics