C-Astral catapult

Here is a short video showing a launch that was done in Dublin during January 2013. Chocks Away!

The catapult folds away into a large ruck sack along with the Bramor UAV.

Note the cradle is mounted on a carriage which runs along the precisely machined track which is screwed onto the aluminium box section.

The bungees are tensioned using a hand winch, which pulls a steel wire rope, that is attached to one end of the bungees, the other end of the bungees are attached to the carriage. Once the trigger is pulled, the carriage is pulled up the track by the bungees.

The cradle is shaped to hold the Bramor UAV, note the carbon fibre has been reinforced with aluminum brackets to support thrusting the wing forward.

Note how the bungees are doubled up on each side of the carriage and connected using a steel wire loop and a D ring, you can also see the trigger mechanism on the top right.

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Comment by Keith Geary on June 21, 2015 at 9:19am

@Johar, I did post many pictures showing the catapults construction, bu C-Astral asked me to take them down, as they felt the images gave away their IP.

Basically its a hinged box section, with a precision milled rail bolted onto the opposit side of the hing which protrudes slightly on each side. The carriage grips each side of the rail using four metal pulleys (one on each corner) that have an inverted V.

Comment by Johar Palacita on June 20, 2015 at 9:49pm

Is there any detail for the folding system?

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