Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters).
Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target. Researchers have had initial success testing the design in computer simulations and in field tests of prototypes, built from commercially available parts.
NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino, DOE Environmental Management Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga, and Nevada Site Office Manager Steve Mellington recently hosted Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for a full day tour at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
Sandoval was accompanied by his State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Leo Drozdoff. While visiting NNSS, the Governor toured the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, the U1a Complex, the Device Assembly Facility, and the JASPER Gas Gun.
The tour and associated discussions provided NNSA and EM leadership the opportunity to describe the Department’s ongoing and long-term vision of mission activities at NNSS. NNSA and EM leadership in turn benefited from insight into the Governor’s priorities, such as those outlined in the State’s recently publicized Economic Development Agenda. Both parties expressed enthusiasm towards enhanced collaboration between NNSS and the State of Nevada.