Experimental Methods for the Characterization of the Static and Dynamic Stability of a Spinning Body
Newly developed technologies are enabling the design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) with heretofore unrealized capabilities. A tube-launch MAV would allow the increased flexibility to launch an aircraft rapidly without need for a runway or complex launching system, either from a vehicle, installation, or as a man-portable device. The MAV would fill the diameter of the launch tube and deploy aerodynamic lifting and control surfaces after launch. In order to deploy the lifting surfaces the MAV must be capable of deploying control surfaces, negating any tube-imparted roll rate, and developing an optimal flight attitude automatically. An experimental method was developed to characterize the aerodynamics and stability of a blunt body spinning under conditions of roll rate decay in the Clarkson University High Speed Wind tunnel. This method is to be used to evaluate the development of an active roll rate control system for spinning projectiles.