Accession Number:

AD0001124

Title:

Covered Wagon Balloon Launcher Development and Test Results.

Descriptive Note:

Summary Rept., 6 Dec 51 - 15 Sep 52 on Proj. Moby Dick.

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOLLOMAN AFB NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1952-12-17

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

A covered wagon launcher was built as a solution to the problem of inflating and launching large Moby Dick plastic balloons in adverse weather conditions. The unit employs a 40-ft. flat bed as a base with a headboard and side framewoek constructed of pipe and angle iron covered with canvas. An airplane cloth cover forms the top piece. The gas bubble is inflated inside the covered wagon and released by removing one side and the headboard connections of the top cover. Thirty-two test flights and 20 operational flights were made. The covered wagon proved to be highly satisfactory. Balloons can be launched in winds about 3 times as strong 20 to 25 knots compared to launching with the previous launch-platform technique. HADC abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE