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Date: 08/26/12 03:30 PM

13 Responses to DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8044 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 11:35 am
    Link: DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters - Let`s take the beach! This is a 1/5 scale of the Captive Air Amphibious Transporter - Full scale weighs 450 tons
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    How much? I want to buy it
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    What happens if it is hit by a shell?
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    Crabes Male 30-39
    1285 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    now i want to see the real 450 tons vehicule
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    HI-haole Male 18-29
    606 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    @ferdyfred

    Good job at changing your avatar back... Now please don`t contradict it again with completely idiotic title captions...
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    Torizo Male 18-29
    316 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    what happens if there are actual waves?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    Nifty! A seemingly simple solution to a complex problem!
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    That`s a lot of flapping big floaty-paddles around for a pretty small payload area. Don`t they have hovercraft that do this already?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    I also thought of hovercraft, so I read up on it a bit more. The intended purpose of CAAT is to move lots of stuff from a cargo ship to land without needing a port, mainly for disaster relief work. The advantages in that scenario are:

    1) The full-scale CAAT would have a much higher payload to size ratio than this small version, both in terms of payload size and payload weight. It would beat a comparably sized hovercraft.

    2) The CAAT is designed to be dismantled and stored in standard shipping containers, which saves space on the cargo ship compared with carrying hovercraft on it - so more disaster relief stuff can be carried.

    3) CAAT is better than a hovercraft on debris-strewn water and land (likely in a disaster area). Debris can easily damage a hovercraft`s skirts, which will stop it moving until they`re replaced.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    what happens if there are actual waves?

    Nothing much to the CAAT itself. Bouyancy comes from sealed units rather than a hull, so it can`t be swamped like a boat can. Even if it dips entirely below water due to big waves, it should just pop right back up again.

    If the waves are bad enough, it might be impossible to control the movement of the CAAT, i.e. it might be swept away. Cargo might be lost if the forces are strong enough to break the fastening of the cargo containers to the CAAT. It might also capsize, although it still wouldn`t sink.

    It wouldn`t be good for any crew on it, though.

    But if the seas were that bad then you wouldn`t deploy the CAATs from the cargo ship. They`re only intended for short ship to shore delivery, not long sea journeys.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    August 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    Oh, another thing. A CAAT could handle much steeper inclines than a hovercraft. That could make a lot of difference if, for example, you need to get large amounts of relief stuff along a river, up the river bank and up the side of the river valley to a village or town. Hovercraft tend to slide down any incline.
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    shiftyplus1 Male 18-29
    311 posts
    August 27, 2012 at 11:09 am
    PADDLE TANK!!!!
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    Azaram Male 40-49
    130 posts
    August 28, 2012 at 7:17 am
    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! (fling)

    I want one, seriously. :P I bet it`s loud as hell though, with all those flappyboxes.

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