THE KITING MOTION OF A MASTED AIRSHIP AS DETERMINED BY ANALYTIC EVALUATION OF WATER MODEL TESTS
GOODYEAR AEROSPACE CORP AKRON OH
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Efforts to establish the necessary parameters by which the problem of damage due to kiting of a masted airship may be analyzed resulted in 2 experimental investigations utilizing airship models. As a result both the aerodynamic and the AERODYNAMIC DAMPING CHARACTERISTICS OF A KITING AIRSHIP WERE DETERMINED WITH SUFFICIENT ACCURACY TO PERMIT A MATHEMATICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE MOTIONS OF A KITING AIRSHIP. The feasible means by which a reduction of the likelihood of damage due to kiting were reviewed. Having considered each of these schemes, the most promising single solution appeared in the employment of a weight attached to the stern handling lines of the airship. It was concluded that although this anti-kiter design did reduce kiting appreciably, large and impractical weights were required to reduce contact velocities to acceptable values. To remedy this, a redesign of the anti-kiter attachment system which keeps the anti-kiting unit close to the ground was studied. With this modification, both the kiting and the contact velocities were reduced appreciably at all wind speeds with practical anti-kiter weights.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft