Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with QinetiQ North America (QNA), has been awarded a research program from the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground to develop a low-cost, robust system to capture a projectile in flight, decelerate it gently over a large distance, and then recover the round in a controlled manner for evaluation.
The U.S. Army needs to test advanced artillery rounds of large caliber and high total kinetic energy. A key aspect of this testing is the recovery of the round prior to impact. Existing recovery methods exert excessive loads on the rounds and cannot survive the rigors of the test environment. PSI’s system uses existing components and materials specifically designed for use in demanding outdoor environments. The system design can be scaled to meet a wide range of projectile masses, dimensions, and muzzle velocities.
The full development of the system will enable the Army to rapidly test up to ten artillery rounds in a single day. The soft catch recovery of the rounds will allow the Army investigators to fully understand the effects of the launch environment on the construction and materials of the test projectile.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Sean Torrez
Group Leader, Deployable Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003