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Aerodynamically stabilized instrument platform

A suspension apparatus for suspending instrumentation from an airborne platform may include a generally longitudinal boom having a payload end and a tail end. Yaw and pitch stabilizers may be disposed at the tail end of the boom. A mast that may be selectively translatable on the boom may connect the boom to a tether line of the airborne platform. The payload may be attached to the payload end of the boom. The mast may be positioned axially along the boom at the center of gravity of the combination of the payload, boom, pitch stabilizer, and yaw stabilizer.
Inventors: 

Ted K. Miles, Geoffrey L. Bland

Patent Number: 
US8196853
Patent Issue Date: 
July 12, 2012
Agency
NASA
State: 
Virginia
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