Accession Number:

ADA422725

Title:

Small-Scale Propulsion for Jump Augmentation

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Apr 2000-30 Apr 2003

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Report Date:

2001-12-31

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

This program was an examination of the feasibility of providing small-scale propulsion systems to provide power and propulsion assistance for soldiers, especially to offer a capability for extended vertical leap with heavy combat weights. The concept under development was the use of multiple small-scale though not micro gas turbine engines, capable of providing thrust levels in the 50-lb range, with engine weights of 5 lbs. The concept was to use these engines to help a soldier jump over an obstacle, or possibly to produce electrical power with the efficiency of a gas turbine engine. Work on this project proceeded along two tracks. First, the analysis, testing, and design of a benchmark propulsion pack was performed, culminating in the development of prototype hardware with gas turbine engines mounted, powered, and coordinated. Various issues related to their starting and operational characteristics of these engines were explored, as well as practical operational issues associated with their use in a backpack configuration, including acoustic signature, heating, etc, In the final phase, since the last interim report, practical issues of engine mounting, starting of multiple engines, and body mounting of the engines were explored.

Subject Categories:

  • Rocket Engines

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE