High Level Container Airdrop System
Final technical rept.
AAI CORP BALTIMORE MD
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A study was conducted to identify feasible approaches for the airdrop of containerized cargo from aircraft flying at heights beyond the reach of certain types of ground fire. The primary application would be the resupply of combat units which on occasion may necessarily be within close proximity to hostile forces. Data was assembled and analyzed on the wind conditions that prevail in the airspace up to 15,000 feet above the drop zone. Concepts for equipment and techniques were generated and evaluated for their ability to guide the containers through this airspace and land safely in the limited area of a drop zone. Aspects of the airdrop problem receiving particular attention were effects of a varying airspace environment, navigation of the aircraft to the proper cargo release point, extraction of the cargoes from the aircraft, parachute deployment methods, system stabilization requirements, and procedures employed in the terminal phase including initiation of this phase by a suitable height sensor.
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