INVESTIGATION OF VARIOUS TEXTILE PARACHUTES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS TO ACHIEVE STEERABILITY, PHASE II.
Technical documentary rept. Apr-Aug 64,
NORTHROP CORP NEWBURY PARK CA VENTURA DIV
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This research program covers the detailed investigation of gliding parachutes and their necessary guidance and control systems to achieve a controlled approach to and touchdown at pre-selected sites. Theoretical and analytical investigations have been conducted to determine system feasibility and performance limits and to establish the configuration of a flexible, self-inflating canopy capable of meeting objectives. Exploratory tests have been conducted to further define the parachute design details and to obtain essential data for use as design criteria for an integrated steerable parachute system for evaluation during extensive aerial drop test phase. This report documents the analysis and design details of the composite steerable parachute test system consisting of the following subsystems parachute, control mechanism, guidance, data acquisition, and test vehicle. Author