Steerable Parachutes: Parawing, Steerable, Glide Ratio, Stress Analysis

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: T.W, Knacke
Creation Year: 1972
Summary: The Parawing, the Parafoil, the Sailwing and the Volplane, achieve glide ratios of better than 3 to 1. They are lowering payloads of 6000 pounds from altitudes of 20,000 feet at dynamic pressures up to 100 psf. Their flight characteristics are more representative of gliders than of parachutes. This paper discusses the historical and technical development, defines aerodynamics stress analysis, deployment characteristics and flight performance, as well as showing some areas of operational application with emphasis on decoupled landing of logistics shuttle spacecraft. AD905223 TP-134 Participants: Northrop Corporation/ Ventura Division
Type: Document
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Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Inflated
Materials: Ripstop
Significance: Scientific