Aerojet Rocketdyne Coleman Aerospace Completes Key Test in Support of MDA Medium Range Ballistic Missile Target Program
- Iron Bird mission successfully tests target missile simulator air launch extraction and descent system
- Testing validated newly designed lightweight parachute cluster
- Data collected will help optimize design parameters and anchor analysis models
YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, Ariz.,
“Providing reliable and affordable targets to validate the effectiveness of our nation’s missile defense systems is a tremendous responsibility that our
The Iron Bird mission validated the air launch extraction and descent system by deploying the system from a C-17 aircraft. A representative missile simulator was deployed on an instrumented Carriage Extraction System (CES) utilizing a newly designed Poly-Conical, Lightweight, Enhanced, Ringslot (PLER II) parachute cluster.
The system successfully demonstrated the extraction and main parachute system, including clean release of the missile simulator from the CES. Critical performance and loads data was also collected to anchor analysis and simulation products for current and future MRBM configurations.
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Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.