Accession Number : AD0848915

Title :   Utilization of a Hot Air Balloon in Ordnance Development.

Descriptive Note : Technical publication,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Lopez, A. G.

Report Date : DEC 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The employment of a hot air balloon as a testing instrument has provided a unique environment in ordnance development. A hot air balloon, serving as an intermediate launch platform between static testing and aircraft flight tests, has allowed cost and turnaround time to be reduced. The design and development of a tethered hot air balloon facility is presented. Since the facility was designed to assist the fuel-air explosive (FAE) program, the FAE weapon was used as the ordnance example. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE), STABILIZED PLATFORMS), (*BALLOONS, FLIGHT TESTING), LAUNCHING, CAPTIVE TESTS, BALLOON EQUIPMENT, RELEASE MECHANISMS, EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, AIR DROP OPERATIONS.

Subject Categories : Lighter-than-air Aircraft
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE