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General Atomics demonstrates autonomous flight termination units during Navy and Army hypersonic rocket test flight

The launch of the successful test of General Atomics Autonomous Flight Termination Units. GENERAL ATOMICS ELECTROMAGNETIC SYSTEMS

SAN DIEGO – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Feb. 1 that its Autonomous Flight Termination Units carried aboard two sounding rockets were successfully demonstrated and performed as planned during an operational-tempo test flight campaign. high for hypersonics sponsored by the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs and the Army Hypersonics Program. Office on October 20, 2021 in Wallops Island, Virginia.

The AFTUs help ensure missile flight safety and were part of a test campaign to demonstrate technologies to advance the development of the Navy’s conventional fast strike and the Navy’s offensive hypersonic strike capability. long-range hypersonic weapon of the army.

“GA-EMS’ long-standing cooperative relationship with the Army, Navy and Sandia National Laboratories has been critical to the design and advancement of hypersonic weapons technologies,” said Scott Forney, President. from GA-EMS. “Test flight demonstrations like this are a critical part of the process of verifying and inserting this technology into future hypersonic weapon systems. We are delighted that the AFTUs have been successful, advancing the readiness of AFTU technology This represents a major step in proving the ability of AFTUs to operate successfully in the hypersonic environment for which they were designed.

GA-EMS’ state-of-the-art AFTU provides greater flexibility to ensure the flight safety of missiles launched for space applications or military weapons testing. Embedded on board a missile, the AFTU takes a mission profile defined before launch and compares it with what the launched missile experiences in flight. If flight profile rules or limitations are violated during flight, the AFTU will order the vehicle to destroy itself. The AFTU’s compact and lightweight design reduces the size, weight, and power requirements on board the test vehicle.

“The missile and spaceflight industry must provide a means to prevent a launch vehicle or aeronautical vehicle and its hazards, including payload hazards, from reaching any populated area or other protected area in the event of a breakdown of a vehicle,” Forney said. “Our AFTUs offer the flexibility to operate independently or can be paired to operate together to share data, with the ability to continue the flight in the event of a failure, increasing mission assurance.”