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1. (WO2017040956) LAUNCH CANISTER WITH AIR BAG RAM

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040956    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/050144
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 03 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B64F 1/06
B64C 39/02
Applicants: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
Inventors: SYLVIA, Russell, M.
Title: LAUNCH CANISTER WITH AIR BAG RAM
Abstract:
A payload launch system that uses an inflatable air bag ram to launch a payload, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle, from a launch chamber of a launch tube. The air bag ram seals with the interior surface of the launch tube to isolate a dump valve that controls the flow of compressed gas from a gas storage chamber into the air bag ram. The air bag ram sealing with the interior surface of the launch tube isolates the dump valve, both pre-launch and post-launch, from any water or debris carried in with water in which the payload launch system is disposed