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The present invention relates to certain fuel storage and discharge apparatus, fully shown and described in said original application. The invention relates more specifically to the provision of hollow rotating gyroscope rings or rotors in the steering gyroscopes of an aircraft, which hollow rings may be filled with liquid fuel, to be used later in propelling the aircraft. This liquid fuel, when confined within one or more hollow gyroscope rings, provides the necessary mass for effective flight control. As the flight continues and the usual fuel supply tanks become exhausted, the fuel in the gyroscope rings may be gradually withdrawn for combustion purposes. Although such loss of weight from the gyroscope rings will somewhat reduce their corrective action, this is not a serious disadvantage, since a large part of the weight of the craft is in the regular fuel load, and by the time the fuel tanks are nearly empty the weight of the craft will have been reduced sufficiently so that even the empty gyroscope rings will produce effective flight control. A further feature of my invention relates to the provision of special means for withdrawing the liquid fuel from the rapidly rotating hollow gyroscope rings or rotors in such manner as to continuously maintain and even increase the angular momentum of the gyroscopes as the mass of the rotating elements is gradually decreased.
fuel storage apparatus, aircraft steering,
Aerospace Engineering | Aviation | Mechanical Engineering
Goddard, Robert, "Fuel Storage and Discharge Apparatus" (1939). WPI Innovations. 55.