Comment QGCV Re: Weight balancing?


Boeing patents weird cargo-grabbing plane


Weight balancing? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2015-10-13 15:48 (#QBT4)

Understanding only a little about how cargo containers are used, I would assume they are filled by volume rather than weight ( except in the cases of extremely heaving materiel, like iridium ingots or something) . So unless all of the cargo containers are of equal weight, you might have an issue with weight distribution without some smart software to figure that out. I'm assuming that wouldn't be too difficult for a company that designs planes, rockets, and space ships. But I guess that would have to be considered at least. I might not be able to send certain combinations of cargo containers, which might be an issue for my horse feather and iridium Ingot company.

Re: Weight balancing? (Score: 1)

by on 2015-10-14 00:19 (#QD81)

They could also just rotate various containers 180 degrees, and swap some front to back, etc. That would be more in line with how cargo planes (and passenger planes) deal with uneven loads.

Re: Weight balancing? (Score: 1)

by on 2015-10-14 21:00 (#QGCV)

I've always wondered how they did that for shipping cargo, but the more modular your pieces are the easier it becomes as there are more possible permutations. With a cargo container as the smallest block, it becomes more difficult. The giant cargo ships carry so many, that its a bit easier to figureout and some of it probably comes out int he wash. Like trying to balance chicken feathers and eagle feathers, no combination of them is going to break a boat.

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