Vehicle Steering Device.
Patent Application, Filed 3 Aug 90,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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This patent application discloses a vehicle steering device that can be joined to any air-dropped, free-falling component and steers that component directly down to a pre-determined location on the earths surface. The device is comprised of an aerodynamically-shaped housing that is joined to the front of the component, and which carries orientation means in a nose portion, high-density gravity-reaction means, and steering fins rotatably joined thereto. After the combination is dropped, at a pre-determined altitude and airspeed, the orientation means causes it to assume the most efficient aerodynamic position and then the gravity-reaction means forces the nose, which is joined to and leads the component, to dive into the earth. The reaction means are connected to the fins and force a controlled and predictable descent.
- Military Aircraft Operations