Aero-Optical Investigation of a Pod Directed Energy System
Final performance rept. Nov 2006-Nov 2009
NOTRE DAME UNIV IN DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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This report covers the work performed under ONR Grant number N00014-07-1-0291, entitled Aero-Optical Investigation of a Pod Directed Energy System. As described herein, the initial effort investigated approaches to using passive flow control to mitigate the presence of shocks over the exit pupil of a relatively large aperture laser beam projected from an underbody pod for an FA-18 aircraft up to flight Mach numbers of Mach 0.8, and still provide a large field of regard. During the course of the investigation, the Grant Technical Manager redirected our efforts toward studying the aero-optical environment imposed on a laser beam projected from a turret placed underneath a helicopter. The results of both of these studies presented in this report.
- Directed Energy Weapons