The need for rapid movement of material to minimize the cost of rescheduling spacecraft launchings has emphasized the extensive use of air cargo shipment by the aerospace industry. This paper presents some new techniques of packaging which have been developed to protect material during handling and transportation. Techniques discussed are moisture intake considerations by sealed containers, package cushioning application for shock and vibration isolation, the trend toward flexible environmental covers, control of temperature during the shipping cycle, and trends in packaging with plastics. Also discussed are the basic principles of packaging engineering to acquaint air cargo carriers with the process of package development.
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