VLA (ALWT) Airframe Clamshell Opener Assembly.
Patent, Filed 11 Feb 87, patented 13 Oct 87,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A missile having a payload mounted on an airframe includes a pair of wave shaped springs for separating the payload from the airframe at a predetermined time in the flight envelope. Hinged clamshell-half fairing members in the airframe support the payload during the initial stages of deployment by a rocket motor. At the predetermined time an explosive band separation device is actuated so that the pair of diametrically disposed wave-shaped springs can force the clamshell-half fairing members apart and into the slipstream to disengage the airframe from the payload to assure its intended deployment. EDC
- Guided Missiles