A Preliminary Design of a Remotely-Controlled Glider for a Long-Line Operation
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Low-level, covert observation of a small area of ground may be obtained by an unmanned glider towed from a large aircraft and suspended in Long-Line-Loiter. This glider is equipped with a Visually-Coupled Control System operated through a Low-Light-Level Television camera. The flider has a gross weight of 442.5 lb of which 282.3 lb is payload. The vehicle features a high wing and a constant-chord airfoil with 30 ft span. Overall vehicle length is 17.7 ft. Wings-level stall speed is 35.8 knots. The glider exhibits static longitudinal, lateral, and directional stability. Attaching the tow cable to the top of the fuselage above the vehicle center of gravity allows the glider to be flown in high-speed trail or suspended in Long-Line-Loiter.
- Gliders and Parachutes
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics