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Detonation command and control

United States Patent

May 31, 2016
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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/ 878,969
October 8, 2015
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The 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.