Northrop Launches UAV from Capsule System


Released on Tuesday, January 14, 2003
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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