Above: An electronically actuated, hydraulic-powered precision braking system.
Top Image: Team members from left to right: Alex Patterson, Lauren Borchardt, Altan Guc, Matt Pipan, Patrick Burke, Sebastian Alexander, Parker Davis.
The Miniaturized Tethered Braking System (MTBS) is an electronically actuated, hydraulic-powered precision braking system capable of stopping a tethered 50-lb projectile traveling upwards of 270 mph within a fraction of a second. This wet friction braking system is length-selectable up to 600 ft and can effectively brake within 1% distance error while in a design envelope of 95 cubic inches.
Sponsored by Ball Aerospace