The SnowGoose is a powered, programmable, GPS-guided parafoil with modular payload bays that can carry up to six individual payload or fuel bins. It can be ground launched from a HMMWV or air-deployed from a C-130 or C-17 at altitudes up to 25,000 feet.
From the ground, it can climb to 18,000 feet and carry up to 575 pounds of leaflets, supplies, or other fixed cargo payloads with an endurance of 1-3 hours or it can stay aloft with a 75-pound payload for 14-16 hours. (Note: Endurance is a function of the selection of ground launch or air launch parachute kit, with greater endurance achieved in its ground launch configuration).
The SnowGoose is designed to operate with only four operators with a turn-around time of less than four hours between uses. It was originally developed as the Wind Supported Aerial Delivery System (WSADS) and refined in the Air-Launched Extended Range Transporter (ALERT) ACTD. The first flight occurred in April 2001, and IOC (Initial Operational Capability) was achieved in Jan 2005.
The CQ-10 system can deliver cargo with a CEP (circular error probabillty) of less than 100 m (330 ft).
Typical cargo includes:
- MRE (meal ready to eat)
- Medical supplies
- Whole blood and blood plasma
- Communication equipment
- Spare parts
- Batteries Ammunition
The SnowGoose (#41) in the Museum is on loan from the GSA/Federal Surplus Property.
||MMIST, Inc., Canada
||Unmanned aerial supply, aerial surveillance and communications relay vehicle
||9 ft 6 inches (2.9 meters)
||1,400 lbs fully loaded (635 kg)
||160 nautical miles (300 km) with a 75 lb (34 kg) payload
||Up to 91 US gallons
||Up to 575 lbs (261 kg)
||Up to 19 hrs max, 9-11 hrs with 200 lb cargo
||38 mph (61 km/h)
||Under 18,000 ft (5,500 meters)
||Rotax 914 piston engine; 81 kW (110 hp)