Tethered Balloon Mooring Means.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a device whereby four anchored rope lines which are arranged as boundary vertices of an equilateral square pyramid, terminate at a four way shackle connected through a short line to a hook. The hook terminates lines on the nose of the balloon which are secured by an appropriate number of nose patches, two or three on each side or in the center of the balloon nose. Conventional mooring ropes are tethered to a monorail arrangement in a conventional manner. The four anchored rope lines replace the cumbersome mooring tower and eliminate the necessity of a protective nose framework on the balloon. In another embodiment the four rope lines are secured directly to the nose patches through the four way shackle and carried aloft with the balloon. At the time of mooring the lower ends of each rope line need merely to be connected to appropriate ground terminals.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft