Accession Number:

ADA255866

Title:

High-Speed Container Delivery System (HSCDS): Trade-Off Determination

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 1991-Jun 1992

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA

Report Date:

1992-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

In order to resupply containers at higher airspeeds and from lower altitudes, the High Speed Container Delivery System HSCDS program was initiated in 1990. This system will be designed to airdrop from the C-17, MC- 130, and other capable aircraft from up to 250 knots indicated airspeed KIAS and as low as 300 feet above ground level AGL. In November 1991, a Trade off Determination TOD was started by Natick to be conducted simultaneously with the Trade off Analysis TOA being prepared by the U.S. Army Quartermaster School. The TOD was prepared in-house whereas, the TOA was performed by a contractor American Power Jet. The HSCDS consists of three separate subsystems therefore, the TOD was prepared accordingly. The results of the TOD indicated that 1 Breadboard prototypes of rigid and cargo net containers need to be designed, constructed, and tested before one concept is chosen over the other. 2 A 40 to 50 foot diameter flat circular solid cloth parachute that utilizes a lower porosity canopy material near the apex seems to be he most promising alternative for the main recovery subsystem. 3 Aerodynamic parachute method of extractionejection of containers seems to have the most potential for success.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Gliders and Parachutes
  • Containers and Packaging

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE