THE LONGITUDINAL EQUATIONS OF MOTION OF AN AIRBORNE TOWED VEHICLE INCORPORATING AN APPROXIMATION OF CABLE DRAG AND INERTIA EFFECTS.
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PRINCETON UNIV N J
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The longitudinal equations of motion of a cable and towed vehicle system are developed. Approximations for the effects of cable drag and inertia are included in the development. The cable is assumed to act as a rigid body hinged at both the towing aircraft and towed vehicle. The system as analyzed thus has two degrees of freedom. However, in order to present the equations in the familiar language of aircraft dynamics, five equations in five unknowns are utilized. Author