Airborne Tactical Crossload Planner
Youngblut, Simon P.
Brown, Gerald G.
Huddleston, Samuel H.
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Planning airborne operations for a flight of aircraft to drop heavy equipment and paratroopers on a target dropzone is complicated. This thesis presents the Tactical Crossload Planner (TCP), an optimization-based decision support tool that rapidly devises a tactical crossload (a combination of paratroopers and equipment) to be loaded on multiple, heterogeneous aircraft for delivery in one or two low passes over a target dropzone. The optimization model captures an airborne commander's intent and best reflects priorities for the operation while meeting detailed operational requirements set out in the Airborne Standard Operating Procedure (ASOP).
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