VECTOR Program Background and Plan PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
J. Patrick Schondel

The Boeing Company, Arlington, VA

Michael R. Robinson

The Boeing Company, Seal Beach, CA

Paper No. 98-GT-145, pp. V002T02A002; 8 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7863-7
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


The U.S. Navy in cooperation with the Ministries of Defense of Germany and Sweden are initiating a 3-year demonstration program in 1998 to evaluate and define the benefits of thrust vectoring beyond those already understood for Close-in-Combat (CiC). The VECTOR (Vectoring ESTOL Control and Tailless Operational Research) program will capitalize on the X-31 airframe and a contractor team that includes Boeing, G.E., DASA, Volvo, and SAAB to demonstrate the following technologies:

• AVEN® Nozzle - a G.E. designed vectoring nozzle applicable to the F404 family of engines

• Extremely Short Takeoff and Landing (ESTOL) - employ thrust vectoring and precision control for poststall flight in approach to landing and during take off

• Reduced Tail/Tailless - rely on thrust vectoring for primary aircraft stability and control

• Advanced Air Data System (AADS) - flush air data ports or optical air data system integrated with the control system to handle the extensive angle-of-attack and sideslip envelope.

The flight test activity will be conducted in the United States. However, technical development activities will be conducted in all three countries. Germany and Sweden will contribute technical expertise primarily related to flight control and propulsion system integration, respectively.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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