Accession Number:

AD0291682

Title:

INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING INFLATABLE BALLOON TYPE DRAG DEVICES FOR RECOVERY APPLICATIONS IN THE TRANSONIC, SUPERSONIC, AND HYPERSONIC FLIGHT REGIME. PART I. FUNCTIONAL AND PERFORMANCE DEMONSTRATION

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GOODYEAR AEROSPACE CORP AKRON OH

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Report Date:

1962-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Feasibility of using an inflatable sphere as an aerodynamic decelerator and stabilizer was previously established by experimental wind tunnel tests and limited free-flight tests. To acquire further full-scale test data, additional free-flight tests were conducted. These tests were in the subsonic, transonic, and supersonic speed regimes at altitudes ranging from 100,000 to 170,000 feet. This field test program included six missions demonstrating recovery of a 500-pound test missile utilizing a deployable fabric sphere with a nine-foot inflated diameter. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE