Trajectory Analysis of a Radial Homing Gliding Parachute in a Uniform Wind
ARMY NATICK LABS MA
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The two dimensional trajectory of a radial homing gliding parachute in a uniform wind is presented. The kinematics of the motion is discussed generating two first order differential equations which are separated and solved by direct integration. The resulting expression functionally relates the radial position of the parachute to the instantaneous value of the azimuth angle. Using this result, an exact solution for time in terms of space coordinates is obtained.