Accession Number : AD1030987

Title :   Feasibility of Tactical Air Delivery Resupply Using Gliders

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Personal Author(s) : Henderson,Chaz R

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : Due to the high cost and logistical burden placed on deployed units by the Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System (JPADS), the USMC has requested proposals for a single-use tactical resupply glider that can resupply squads with 500 pounds of essential food and gear while costing less than $3,000 per unit and using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics. The feasibility of this request was determined by designing, constructing, and testing two prototype gliding aerial delivery systems, Pun-Jet and Sparrow, using modern design and manufacturing techniques including AutoCAD, 3D printing, laser cutting and CorelDraw, and conducting field testing and subsequent analysis using MATLAB. It was determined that a low-cost, glider-based precision aerial delivery system utilizing COTS electronic components is likely a viable alternative to the parachute-based systems currently in use and can be constructed using modern manufacturing techniques. Further research should include an enlarged design, logistics, and improvement of landing algorithms and navigation in GPS-degraded environments.

Descriptors :   aerial delivery , flight paths , aircraft equipment , altitude , logistics

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Gliders and Parachutes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE