Logistic Gliders Inc. has reinvented the cargo glider concept using a novel design, modern fabrication methods, inexpensive materials, and newly available affordable unmanned avionics. Our gliders use a folding truss-braced wing (TBW) and a streamlined fuselage. The gliders are designed to be disposed after a single use. Our gliders are sized to deploy from Marine MV-22, KC-130, CH-53; Navy MH-60; USAF C-130, C-17, CV-22, UH-1, HH-60, & MH-139 ; Army CH-47 & UH-60; and many international fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
The LG-1K TACAD (Tactical Aerial Delivery) glider is 11 feet (3.3 meters) long with a 23.2 foot (7.1 meter) wingspan and a cargo capacity of 700 pounds (320 kilograms). LG-1K TACAD glider development was sponsored by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL).
The LG-2K RAIN (Revolutionary Airlift Innovation) glider is 13.7 feet (4.2 meters) long with a 27.2 foot (8.3 meter) wingspan and a cargo capacity of 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms). LG-2K RAIN glider development was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Both gliders can travel significantly greater distances (50% greater) than competing disposable gliders due to our cargo glider's streamlined fuselage, large wing span, and high aspect ratio (wing span divided by wing chord).
Our glider's simplicity of design and construction allows mass production in large quantities in very short periods. Less than 80 parts are custom components that are easily made from common materials such as plywood, plastic, and sheet metal. The rest are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) with almost 400 parts being screws, nuts, & bolts that can be bought at any hardware store. Total parts count is less than 600 which compares to a modern automobile with over 30,000 parts. All parts are self-jigging with only a flat table needed to assemble a glider.
Logistic Gliders Data Sheet provides additional details on our unpowered LG-1K TACAD and LG-2K RAIN gliders. A second data sheet describing our powered gliders is available upon request to U.S. military personnel and U.S. government employees.