Low Altitude Airdrop System Investigation Employing Inflation-Aided Recovery Parachutes for Extraction
Final technical rept.
AAI CORP COCKEYSVILLE MD
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The report presents results of study of an airdrop system utilizing the recovery parachutes to extract as well as to recover the airdrop load. The goal was to achieve a low altitude capability by minimizing the altitude loss from the time that the load clears the aircraft until an acceptable impact velocity is achieved. Mathematical models were developed and programmed for computer solution which simulated the operation of an airdrop system. This analytical tool, coupled with experimental data derived from a limited flight test program, was utilized to conceptualize a configuration for an airdrop system and predict its theoretical performance. From these studies emerged an understanding of possible configurations for a low altitude airdrop system employing the recovery parachutes for extraction. Author
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