Accession Number:

ADA482086

Title:

Development of the MQ-9 Reaper Fuselage Container

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar 2006-May 2008

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING FACILITY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

The Air Force Packaging Technology Engineering Facility AFPTEF was tasked with the design of a new shipping and storage container for the MQ-9 Reaper fuselage in March of 2006. The previous container did not adequately satisfy user needs and Air Force requirements. A main problem was that it was designed for an MQ-9 Reaper fuselage, wings, and tails combined, which exceeded the 10,000 lb Air Force requirement for available ground support equipment. AFPTEF designed a smaller container for only the fuselage and a separate container for the wings and tails in order to bring container weights down under the 10,000 lb upper limit. Both containers feature retractable casters for rapid C-130 deployment and easier handling. The fuselage container features a wire rope isolator mounted cradle system to protect the fuselage 20G fragility, ballast storage areas, and shadow box storage areas for assorted small parts. The new container, CNU-697E, designed with SAE ARP1967A, is an aluminum, long-life, controlled breathing, reusable shipping and storage container. CNU-697E protects the MQ-9 Reaper fuselage mechanically and environmentally and has passed all qualification tests per ASTM D4169.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Containers and Packaging

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE