Rocket-Deployed Balloon for Position Marker.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a portable, rocket-deployed signaling system for deploying a pin-point location marker including a tractor rocket propulsion unit and attached payload container launched from a hand-held tube. The payload comprises an inflatable marker balloon, a gas generator for inflating the balloon and a tether line connecting the balloon to the launcher tube. A coupling pin, secured to the tether line at a predetermined length from the end attached to the launcher tube and removably supported on the payload container, is pulled subsequent to launch to permit the container to separate and deploy the balloon. A percussion igniter then actuates the gas generator to inflate the balloon with the generator separating after inflation.
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