AIAA 96-2874, Proceedings of 32nd Joint Propulsion Conference, Orlando FL, July, 1996.

DEVELOPMENT AND QUALIFICATION TESTING OF THE HIGH VOLTAGE DETONATOR (HVD)

Donald L. Jackson
Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Denver, CO 80201-0179

Barry T. Neyer, Member AIAA
EG&G Star City, Inc.
Miamisburg, OH 45343-0529

Michael K. Saemisch
Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Magna, UT 84044-0509

Current Address
Barry T. Neyer
Excelitas Technologies
1100 Vanguard Blvd
Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 865-5586
(937) 865-5170 (Fax)
Barry.Neyer@Excelitas.com

Abstract

This paper describes the development and qualification testing of the High Voltage Detonator and Adapter built by EG&G for Lockheed Martin Astronautics for use on the Titan IV space launch vehicle. Even though the program had an extremely tight schedule, a detailed development program was conducted to optimize the design where possible, to ensure the design was robust, and to provide insurance that the qualification testing would be successful on the first attempt. Details of the objectives of the development program and the results are provided. In addition, the required qualification testing is described and the results provided. The paper concludes that the resulting HVD is a robust reliable device. Further, it is shown that the development program proved to be worthwhile effort, resulting in changes that assured successful qualification.

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