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Detonation command and control

United States Patent

November 10, 2015
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The detonation of one or more explosive charges and propellant charges by a detonator in response to a fire control signal from a command and control system comprised of a command center and instrumentation center with a communications link therebetween. The fire control signal is selectively provided to the detonator from the instrumentation center if plural detonation control switches at the command center are in a fire authorization status, and instruments, and one or more interlocks, if included, are in a ready for firing status. The instrumentation and command centers are desirably mobile, such as being respective vehicles.
Mace; Jonathan L. (Los Alamos, NM), Seitz; Gerald J. (El Rancho, NM), Echave; John A. (Los Alamos, NM), Le Bas; Pierre-Yves (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
14/ 370,209
January 14, 2013
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention. CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This is the U.S. National Stage of International Application No. PCT/US2013/021475, filed Jan. 13, 2013, which was published in English under PCT Article 21(2), which in turn claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/586,576, filed Jan. 13, 2012. The provisional application is incorporated herein in its entirety.