A rocket engine less than an inch long and weighing only 3.5 grams (about a tenth of an ounce) will control a space intercept vehicle. The engine was designed for the Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP),


A state-of-the-art intercept device under development by Hughes Aircraft Company for the U.S. Army. The miniature LEAP rocket produces one pound of thrust by expelling hot gas, produced in a gas generator, in small pulses less than a millisecond in duration.


 The projectile also includes a long-range imaging infrared seeker and a 4.2 million instructions per-second computer that weighs less than an ounce. The LEAP vehicle, which has no warhead, is the smallest and lightest-weight intercept technology being developed for defensive applications.


SOURCE:

2991 - Hughes Aircraft Company

P. O. Box 45068, Los Angeles, CA 90045-0068



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