An Inexpensive Aerial Penetrometer
Final rept. Feb 1970-Dec 1973
SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM
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A research effort was conducted to establish the feasibility of and develop an inexpensive air-dropped penetrometer that can provide accurate measures of aircraft performance on unsurfaced airfields. This report describes the terradynamic, aerodynamic, structural, and telemetry system designs for the penetrometer and the results of field tests with a number of prototype units. Relationships are developed between the performance of the penetrometers and standard measures of trafficability. The feasibility of the use of a penetrometer system has been established. However, additional testing under field conditions is required to optimize the penetrometers operation before operational units can be produced.
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