Launching of Small Inflated Balloons from Cargo Aircraft.
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
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A simple, inexpensive method has been developed for air-launching constant-level plastic balloons in rapid succession from a transport-type aircraft. The entire launch system is palletized upon one 24 ft-modular airdrop platform no alterations to the aircraft are needed. The balloon, encased in a nylon bag, is inflated inside the aircraft, and extracted by parachute. The bag then falls away, releasing the balloon and payload. Four regular crew members can inflate and launch several 8-ft diam, polyethylene balloons at 10-min intervals from a C-130 aircraft flying at speeds up to 130 knots and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet. Author
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