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Concept development, mechanical design, manufacturing and experimental testing for a cannon-launched reconnaissance vehicle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128027D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 7 page(s) / 23K

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Katch, Sebastien F: AUTHOR [+3]

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Abstract

The MIT/Draper Technology Development Project was conceived as a collaborative design and development program between MIT and the C.S. Draper Laboratory. The aims of the two year project were to develop a first-of-a-kind system and to stimulate entrepreneurship in the students working on the project. The first year saw the assessment of national needs and the selection of a project called the Wide Area Surveillance Projectile (WASP), a cannon-launched reconnaissance vehicle. The second year involved enhanced concept development, detailed design, manufacturing and testing of two prototypes: a high-g vehicle used to demonstrate the mechanical integrity of the design to survive a cannon launch and a flight test vehicle used to demonstrate its flying qualities. This thesis covers the second year of the WASP project, focusing on concept development, mechanical design and experimental testing of the high-g prototype. This prototype was successful in its most recent test, demonstrating its structural integrity, with correct articulation of wing and tail structures, after launch from an eight inch gun in May 1998. Thesis Supervisor: Prof. John Deyst Title: Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Thesis Supervisor: Mr. Charles Boppe Title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 3

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Concept Development, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Experimental Testing for a Cannon-Launched Reconnaissance Vehicle

by

Sebastien F. Katch


B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering McGill University, 1997 Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ENGINEERING at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology May, 1998 [June 1998]

SIGNATURE OF author: [[signature omitted]]

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics May 22, 1998

CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Charles Boppe Senior Lecturer Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Thesis Supervisor John Deyst
Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Thesis Supervisor ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Jaime Peraire Chairman, Departmental Graduate Committee ARCHIVES MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES JUL 08 1998

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Concept development, mechanical design, manufacturing and experimental testing for a cannon-launched reconnaissance vehicle

Concept Development, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Experimental Testing for a Cannon-Launched Reconnaissance Vehicle

by

Sebastien F. Katch

Submitted to the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics on May 22, 1998 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Abstract

The MIT/Draper Technology Development Project was conceived as a collaborative design and development program between MIT and the C.S. Draper Laboratory. The aims of the two year project were to develop a first-of-a-kind system and to stimulate entrepreneurship in the students working on the project. The first year saw the assessment of national needs and the selection of a project called the Wide Area Surveillance Projectile (WASP), a cannon-launched reconnaissance vehicle. The second year involved enhanced concept development, detailed design, manufacturing and testing of two prototypes: a high-g vehicle used to demonstrate the mechanical integrity of the design to survive a cannon launch and a flight test vehicle used to demonstrate its flying qualities.

This thesis covers the second year of the WASP project, focusing on concept development, mechanical design and experimental testing of the high-g prototype. This prototype was successful in its most recent test, demonstrating its structural integrity, with correct articulation of wing and tail structures, after launch from an eight inch gun in May 1998.

Thesis Supervisor: Prof. John Deyst Title: Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Thesis Supervisor: Mr. Charles Boppe Title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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