Conceptual Design Study of Air Bearing/Suction Hold-Down Devices for Vertical Landing Aircraft
SAN DIEGO AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING INC CA
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Advanced aircraftship interface concepts are needed to improve air operations aboard existing and future small air capable ships. This study is a synthesis and evaluation of air bearingsuction hold-down device concepts for automatically securing vertical landing aircraft to moving ship decks during launch, recovery and traversing operations. Specifically, the feasibility of conceptual hold-down devices is analyzed based on system installation factors size, weight and power, performance and development risk. The analysis resulted in a recommendation for further evaluation of a base line rigid skirt hold-down system.
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