Advanced Recovery Systems Wind Tunnel Test Report
PIONEER AEROSPACE CORP MELBOURNE FL
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Parafoil wind tunnel testing was conducted to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of two 2 scale ram air wings in support of air drop testing and full scale development of Advanced Recovery Systems for the Next Generation Space Transportation System. Two models were tested during this investigation. The primary test article, a 19 geometric scale model with wing area of 1200 square feet and secondary test article, a 136 geometric scale model with wing area of 300 square feet, both which had an aspect ratio of 3. The test results show that both models were statically stable about a model reference point at angles of attack from 2 to 10 degrees. The maximum lift-drag ratio varied between 2.9 and 2.4 for increasing wing loading.
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