SACS - Stealthy Affordable Capsule System
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Northrop-Grumman Corporation has completed the first of three test designed to
demonstrate that an UAV can be launched from an inexpensive, expendable capsule
after it is released from a submarine.
This system is called the Stealthy Affordable Capsule System (SACS) and was
tested at SRI Corral Hollow Experiment Site, in Tracy, California.
Successfully SACS met the goal of demonstrating the keys technologies of this
system, including capsule hydro-stability, payload support and payload ejection.
The next step in SACS development program is the concepts refinement including
two additional waterborne tests to be held in February and August 2003. Once
this phase is complete, SACS will be fitted with alternate payloads for a series
of at-sea and submarine launched demonstrations.
Northrop-Grumman is developing SACS for the submarines of the future capable of
interacting with a wide variety of payloads. Northrop is a member of Team 2020
Consortium that develops and demonstrates potential new technologies to maximize
future submarine effectiveness.
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