Advanced Development of a Parachute Retrorocket Airdrop System
Technical rept. Nov 1971-Feb 1972
ARMY NATICK LABS MA
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The report proposes a plan for Advanced Development of a Parachute Retrorocket Airdrop System for the airdrop of cargo loads weighing from 2500 to 40,000 pounds from altitudes of 500 feet or less above terrain. The Parachute Retrorocket Airdrop System concept uses relatively small fast opening parachutes for stabilization and preliminary retardation in combination with rockets for final descent velocity control just prior to impact. This capability is required by the US Army to increase delivery accuracy and to provide greater protection to the aircraft by decreasing its detection to hostile radar and fire. The objectives of this plan for advanced development consist of detailed functional, economic and operational analyses of the system, advanced development hardware design, fabrication and flight testing.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Gliders and Parachutes
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics