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1. (WO2015127178) PAYLOAD LAUNCHER AND AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/127178    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/016778
Publication Date: Fri Aug 28 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Sat Feb 21 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: B63G 8/00
B64F 5/00
Applicants: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
Inventors: SYLVIA, Russell, M.
LEWIS, Martin, C.
WHALEN, Mark, E.
GORDON, Robert, P.
Title: PAYLOAD LAUNCHER AND AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE
Abstract:
A payload launch system is described that provides one launch solution suitable for multiple applications. A payload, such as a UAV, is launched from a sealed launch tube using compressed gas or other energy source. The launch tube can be used to transport and protect the payload from harsh environments for extended periods prior to launch.