Abstract

This paper covers the design and development of a mechanism to change the angle of an air-to-air missile nosecone relative to the missile body while in flight. A group of senior cadets at the United States Air Force Academy performed the work in fulfillment of requirements for their capstone design project. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) sponsored the project and provided a set of requirements to guide the design. These requirements include the challenge of torque transfer under significant loading in order to drive the nosecone to a new angle. The report will cover significant design changes from last year’s design and the justification for these changes. A complete sub-system breakdown follows. Finally, the planned testing and evaluation of the design is discussed.

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