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    Default A Weapon Idea

    Hello I'm an engineering student and I took a shot at creating a new type of UAV. An animated link is listed below and a summary is attached as a pdf.

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    An ATACMS missile can reach up to Mach 3 close to its target. That's no good opportunity for an attempt to inflate an atmospheric pressure balloon.

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    I tend to agree with Stuart L. Koehl's comment on the SWC Facebook page. While there is probably a place for a persistent lighter-than-air UAV capability in the miniature/Tier 1 class, launching it from a platform like ATACMS/MLRS is probably neither cost-effective not that practical - modern UAVs, even in this class have a signature and range that probably renders this launch method unnecessary. As Stuart says, a design with fold/pop-out control surfaces and sensors is probably the way to go. I'd drop the missile-launched part of the study and focus more on what a smaller LTA UAV might bring to the party

    Simon @ Hawkeye

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