Fluidic Guidance for Kew Projectiles

Period of Performance: 04/20/1989 - 04/30/1991


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Defense Research Technologies, Inc.
3150 Adderley Court
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Principal Investigator


A miniature photo-acoustic-fluidic control system has been designed for guiding kinetic energy weapon (KEW) projectiles, and is being built and tested. It uses modulated FM laser signals, riding a 1 watt per square centimeter carrier, controlling 94% efficient fluidic gas thrusters. The production of this photo-acoustic-fluidic detector and fluidic diverter/thruster can permit precise remote control for a variety of commercial and military applications. These include: remote control weapons, robots, space platforms, and machines in electromagnetically hostile environments; control of valves and diverters in nuclear or fusion reactors without requiring a physical penetration of the containment vessel; satellite and projectile control from ground stations; and process controls for manufacturing explosive, hazardous, or toxic materials.