Moog Virtual Investor Day 2020 - Presentation - Page 12
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Team Valor V-280
The U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role Technical Demonstrator (JMR-TD)
program is the precursor to the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift
program – the expected next-generation replacement for all DoD helicopters.
Bell selected Moog and other industry partner companies to combine their
best engineering resources to develop the third-generation Valor tiltrotor
for the vertical lift program. The V-280 Valor acts like a helicopter when
taking off and landing but while in the air it can reconfigure itself with
propellers. Moog is designing, manufacturing and qualifying the integrated
flight control system.
Bell’s V-280 is a clean-sheet design that benefits from the heritage and
lessons learned from the successful V-22 Osprey’s design, flight-testing,
production and combat experience. Smaller and faster than the V-22, the
V-280’s rotors tilt, while the engines remain fixed in place. The Valor’s crew
of four can carry a squad of up to 14 Army or Marine Corps personnel to
assault areas faster and further than the V-22.
Courtesy of Bell
Since first flight a year ago, the Valor team has compiled nearly 85 hours of flight, forward flight at 250 knots true airspeed with an ultimate goal of 280 knots, sustained
flight at 11,500 feet altitude, and demonstrated low and high-speed agility with fly-by-wire controls. The Moog flight control system includes three flight control
computers with support software, six triplex swashplate actuators to control the rotors, and the flaperon and ruddervator actuators that control the wing and tail.
How does a small satellite mission navigate launch cost, deployment risk and overall
mission success? Rideshare. Multiple missions stacked on a common launch
vehicle and sharing launch costs allow small satellites, including CubeSats, an
economical deployment option and access to low-Earth orbit.
Moog rideshare components and systems enable efficient space access for small
satellites and space-based payloads. With a strong heritage in U.S. space programs,
Moog engineers have capitalized on the growing rideshare market and positioned
Moog as an industry leader in rideshare hardware solutions.
Moog’s ESPA ring, a structural support ring used as a secondary payload adapter,
allows up to six secondary satellites to share a ride to space with large primary
satellite payloads. ESPA is a drop-in component in the launch stack, compatible with
multiple payloads and launch vehicles.
While affordable deployment is a benefit of ridesharing, secondary payload status is
the trade-off. Orbital Maneuvering Vehicles (OMVs) can help leverage rideshare
infrastructure by equipping payload adapters like the ESPA with propulsion systems,
avionics, sensors and power. Moog engineers developed the COMET for U.S.
launchers – a commercial OMV that can disperse small satellite constellations, act
as a hosted payload platform, or deliver a single spacecraft to ideal orbits beyond
the primary payload orbit.
Moog’s new Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (SL-OMV) is a propulsive
vehicle for secondary payload deployment based on the ESPA ring. Configured for
short duration missions using the smaller Venture Class of launchers, SL-OMV can
disperse CubeSat constellations or deliver ESPA-Class spacecraft to their ideal
orbits at a highly affordable price. Moog’s SL-OMV’s maiden voyage will launch in
the early 2020s from the UK’s first commercial spaceport in Melness, Scotland.
ESPA Secondary Payload Adapter