Recent Advances in Parachute Technology
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Many new applications of the parachute have been developed in recent years. In addition to unconventional designs for emergency escape parachutes, sophisticated parachute systems have been used for recovery of space capsules and ram-air gliding parachutes for the delivery of men and equipment. In the UK important advances have been made in the prediction of parachute inflation loads, in formulating design rules from ram-air gliding parachutes and in the use of new materials in parachute construction. Test techniques continue to improve and aircraft launched parachute test vehicles have become a reliable method of obtaining performance data. Progress is being made in stability analysis and new techniques devised for obtaining basic data.
- Gliders and Parachutes