The AFCRL Flying Thread Loom Process for Improved Scrim-Reinforced Balloon Materials

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Report Number: AFCRL-66-309 p. 23
Author(s): Korn, A. 0., Jr.
Corporate Author(s): Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1966-05
Pages: 1
DoD Project: 6665
DoD Task: 6665-01
Identifier: This paper is part of a conference proceedings. See AD0634765

The cost of reliable, scrim-reinforced balloon materials has been substantially reduced through use of the AFCRL Flying Thread Loom (FTL). This versatile machine promises to extend the p resent capabilities of scientific ballooning by providing improved lightweight materials for extreme altitudes and thin films of unusual strengths for extra-heavy payloads. The principle of operation is described and results of flight tests using two new FTL materials are reported. Savings in cost and in balloon-volume requirements are demonstrated by charts. Future plans include addition of a gore-cutting and tailoring device and a card input control mechanism.

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