Accession Number : ADA130728

Title :   Exploratory Development of a High Level Airdrop System for Platform Mounted Cargos.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 77-Jul 79,


Personal Author(s) : Farinacci,Anthony L ; Black,Walter L

PDF Url : ADA130728

Report Date : Jul 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : An exploratory development program was performed to investigate methods of accomplishing low-drag, high-speed descent of platform-mounted airdrop cargos. The approach was to develop a multi-stage airdrop system that employed a stabilization device that deployed immediately after extraction from the aircraft, and was capable of orienting the airdrop assembly into a low-drag attitude and of sustaining this condition throughout the descent stage. A number of system concepts were developed and investigated by experiment in the wind tunnel and analytically by modeling for computer simulation of system performance. Using this information a final system concept was established, and design and fabrication of test equipment was accomplished for use in a planned series of government conducted tests. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Air drop operations, Descent trajectories, Bulk cargo, Platforms, Stabilization systems, Low drag, High velocity, Deceleration, Staging, High altitude, Aerodynamics, Coefficients, Pallets, Computerized simulation, Wind tunnel tests

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE