Accession Number : AD0633310

Title :   A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR AIRDROP DELIVERY SIMULATOR

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 19 Mar 1965-18 Feb 1966

Corporate Author : LOCKHEED-GEORGIA CO MARIETTA

Personal Author(s) : Smethers, R G ; Stokes, F H

PDF Url : AD0633310

Report Date : Mar 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : Investigations, research, and engineering were performed for the purpose of ascertaining the technical feasibility of a laboratory apparatus capable of simulating the response of an airplane to an airdrop. The airplanes considered encompass those currently in use by the U. S. Army as well as those projected into the 1975 time period. Airdrops by means of aft extraction, gravity drop, and forced downward ejection were included in the analysis. Results led to the conclusion that a simulator is feasible but that no specifically applicable apparatus exists which is capable of performing adequate simulations without considerable modification. The results have indicated those parameters in, and as a result of, an airdrop which must be included in a simulation device. It is additionally concluded that the most practical device which best meets the criteria and system requirements established for a simulator is an analog computer. Although a digital computer could perform as a simulator, it would have the disadvantage of not providing direct reading time histories as would an analog device. Finally, it is concluded that the computer available at USAAVLABS is capable of performing adequate simulations.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, AIR DROP OPERATIONS, ANALOG COMPUTERS, CARGO, EJECTION, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, SIMULATION

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE