Accession Number : ADD006511

Title :   Stowable and Inflatable Vehicle.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Seifert ,Clair F ; Seapy ,Harvey S ; Petersen,Thorvald K

Report Date : 04 Sep 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : A stowable and inflatable vehicle, adapted for use as a decoy space vehicle and as a replica of a relatively hot parent space vehicle. In addition to other components, the inventive decoy and replica vehicle includes: a telescoping central tubular member that provides a rigid support and means for telescoping which aids in stowing the replica inventive vehicle; an inflatable structure which forms an external shape; and, a heater blanket in the outer layers of the structure to simulate the surface temperature of the parent vehicle. As a matter of preference, and in this adaptation, the inventive replica space vehicle is of a conical external configuration. The capability of this inventive vehicle to be inflated to the desired external shape, rather than to assume the external shape by use of solely mechanical expanding means, provides superior structural integrity, and also permits a significant reduction in external dimensions and easy storage, even where stiff materials (which are difficult to fold and to unfold) must be, or preferably are, used. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Infrared decoys, *Inflatable structures, Spacecraft, Storage, Telescoping structures, Collapsible structures

Subject Categories : Optical Countermeasures
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE