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GPS parachutes are now being used to supply troops out in the field

The continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to numerous technological improvements in vehicles, armor, and other breakthroughs that can be used during future missions.

GPS-guided bombs have become increasingly popular. Likewise, the military plans to use GPS-based technology to help supply blood and other medical supplies to soldiers out in the field.  This is crucial because military leaders in Afghanistan are looking to reduce the number of manned convoys out on roads where insurgents plant IEDs and engage in small arms fire.

This new GPS parachute will help keep Marines off the road while also ensuring blood and medical supplies reach their intended targets.

As part of the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), it'd be possible for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and C-130s to drop parachutes with varying payloads.  Payloads can vary in weight from 150 up to 60,000 pounds, and a small stabilizing chute is responsible for ensuring the payload remains at the proper speed.

Depending on the terrain and payload, JPADS will then deploy a parafoil used to steer the parachute to a specific location.

"A medic might be traveling light and lean. Then something happens," said Air Force Maj. David Lincoln, ASBP project consultant, in a statement.  "He calls in one of these deliveries and boom — a care package comes down and they have everything they need to treat a casualty."

There are challenges facing researchers, including a difficult task of limiting the damage altitude, shock and temperature have on the blood.



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Do_ho!
By NuclearDelta on 7/13/2010 12:13:39 AM , Rating: 5
Team17 developed this technology ages ago.




RE: Do_ho!
By w1z4rd on 7/13/2010 3:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
I was playing worms just last night man, WP is awesome


care package on the way!
By Murloc on 7/13/2010 6:19:00 AM , Rating: 3
enemy care package incoming!




RE: care package on the way!
By aegisofrime on 7/13/2010 11:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
Seems like the military has been playing MW2 a bit too much themselves ;)


Wow...
By Smartless on 7/12/2010 11:01:41 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds so practical there must be a catch. I guess its just impressive that they can control a parachuted object. I mean wouldn't a 50mph crosswind mess with a drop zone?




RE: Wow...
By afkrotch on 7/13/2010 2:14:15 AM , Rating: 2
That's what the parafoil is for. Tilt right, left, etc to steer the supplies to it's intended drop zone.


How
By Spind on 7/13/2010 3:26:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
"A medic might be traveling light and lean. Then something happens," said Air Force Maj. David Lincoln, ASBP project consultant, in a statement. "He calls in one of these deliveries and boom — a care package comes down and they have everything they need to treat a casualty.


Can a parachute travel so fast?

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reduce the number of manned convoys out on roads where insurgents plant IEDs and engage in small arms fire


If the insurgents want to interrupt this, they can very well do so, unless parachute is in some stealth mode...

I feel this GPS parachute has application in reaching people on difficult terrains (like some huge valleys, tropical forests, deserts etc.,) where reaching them by any transport medium will take more time.




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