Loadmaster releases glider and glider rolls out of the cargo compartment. A static line extends wings and the glider stabilizes in a glide. Alternately glider is released from a helicopter sling load.
Logistic Glider flies toward a point of need at up to 200 knots (370 kph) true airspeed. Glider's flight controller adjusts glider's flight direction and glide path. Waypoints can be used to navigate hilly terrain.
Gliders can land on their belly if terrain is flat. Parachute allows landing into urban canyons, small clearings, forest or jungles, and rough, hilly or mountainous terrain. Low altitude chute deployment at less than 200 feet (60 m) ensures gliders land close to intended point and touch down on their crushable nose.
Show here is a representative cargo. This was flown on 5 March 2019 on the 5th LG-1K TACAD glider test flight. Consists of:
Total weight = 613 pounds (279 kilograms)
Except for the 5th LG-1K TACAD glider test, all remaining flight tests carried 500 milliliter (16.9 ounce) water bottles as cargo. Water bottles are relatively fragile, thus if they survived, then other payloads should. Shown here are 696 bottles after T-11 landing parachute's first test on 3 June 2019. All bottles survived landing. Nose of glider is at top of the image.