Accession Number : AD0766428

Title :   Launching of Small Inflated Balloons from Cargo Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Instrumentation papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Payne,James C. ; Young,Edward ; Rice.,Catherine

Report Date : 20 APR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : A simple, inexpensive method has been developed for air-launching constant-level plastic balloons in rapid succession from a transport-type aircraft. The entire launch system is palletized upon one 24 ft-modular airdrop platform; no alterations to the aircraft are needed. The balloon, encased in a nylon bag, is inflated inside the aircraft, and extracted by parachute. The bag then falls away, releasing the balloon and payload. Four regular crew members can inflate and launch several 8-ft diam, polyethylene balloons at 10-min intervals from a C-130 aircraft flying at speeds up to 130 knots and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BALLOON EQUIPMENT, LAUNCHING), CORDAGE, PAYLOAD, NYLON, POLYETHYLENE PLASTICS, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, DROGUE PARACHUTES

Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE