Parafoil Flight Performance
Final rept. Apr 1968-Apr 1971
NOTRE DAME UNIV IN DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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The steady state flight performance of the Parafoil is computed by using aerodynamic coefficient data obtained from wind tunnel tests of both small scale models and full scale aspect ratio 2.0 units. The actual free flight performance of the Parafoil is obtained from both manned ascending flights and manned jumps from aircraft. Attention is also given to the flight stability and control of the Parafoil and to its unique landing flare. The agreement between the performance predictions based on the wind tunnel data and the results obtained from actual flight tests is presented. The performance of a more advanced aspect ratio 3.0 Parafoil design is considered.
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