Advanced Recovery Systems Wind Tunnel Test Report

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: R. H. Geiger and W.K. Wailes
Creation Year: 1990
Summary: Pioneer Aerospace Corporation (PAC) conducted parafoil wind tunnel testing in the NASA-Ames 80 by 120 test section of the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex, Moffett Field, CA. The investigation was conducted to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of two (2) scale ram air wings in support of air drop testing and full scale development of Advanced Recovery Systems for the Next Generation Space Transportation System. Two models were tested during this investigation. The primary test article, a 1/9 geometric scale model with wing area of 1200 sq. feet and secondary test article, a 1/36 geometric scale model with wing area of 300 sq. feet, both which had an aspect ratio of 3. The test results show that both models were statically stable about a model reference point at angles of attack from 2 to 10 degrees. The maximum lift-drag ratio varied between 2.9 and 2.4 for increasing wind loading. 103 pages Pioneer Aerospace Corporation 250 East Drive Suite G Melbourne, Florida 32904 NASA Washington DC NAS8_36631
Type: Document
PDF Files: 
Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Inflated
Materials: Ripstop
Significance: Scientific