Low Flow Noise Sonobuoy Suspension System
Patent, filed 6 Jul 1998, patented 5 Oct 1999
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD
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A low flow noise sonobuoy suspension system having a surface float, a suspension cable having a compliant portion, a bridle, a hydrophone, a mechanical cable, a terminal weight, and a drogue. The hydrophone is located within the bridle and is attached to the bridle so as to allow the hydrophone to remain roughly vertical if the bridle is tilted. The bridle is located below the surface float and is connected to the surface float by means of the suspension cable. The drogue is located below the bridle and is connected to the bridle by a mechanical cable. The drogue is connected at an attachment point on the mechanical cable such that the relative velocity of the hydrophone is negligible. The terminal weight is also attached to the mechanical cable. By means of this arrangement, both the horizontal motion noise caused by the relative velocity of the hydrophone, and the vertical motion noise caused by the surface waves are reduced.
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