Advanced Cargo Handling System Concepts
Final rept. Apr 1999-Feb 2000
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OH
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The Air Force Research Laboratory identified four areas where technology development and integration hold significant promise in enabling todays Expeditionary Aerospace Force to achieve its objectives. They are 1 Rapid aircraft off-load and on-load devices 2 Low cost, small footprint, highly reliable ground movement devices 3 Cargo flow and resource optimization technologies, and 4 Portable information display and input devices for mobility personnel. The goal of the task was to develop multiple cargo movement technology system concepts compatible with military aircraft that will at once have reduced footprint will have improved reliability, maintainability and availability RMA will have the ability to operate in austere environments will have reduced cost over current cargo movement systems will be rapidly deployable and will significantly increase the cargo flow rate from aircraft to end user to include reduced cargo loading, unloading, and ground movement time during operational deployments. The contractor evaluated the alternative system concepts that meet the system design requirements stated and that incorporate the development areas stated using appropriate analysis methods, including modeling and simulation.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment