Advanced cargo handling systems will be heavily influenced by standardization of next generation air cargo modules, containers, and pallet loads. These influences will be felt through the entire logistics system of military and commercial airlift. Terminals, cargo handling equipment, surface transportation, and management systems will be subject to new demands in capability, operation, and productivity. Of prime interest is the aircraft load/offload interface and its effect on present and future equipment. It is timely to consider the setting of future design requirements to assure a support system that will complement the evolution of standard air cargo modules.
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