Parachute Fly-Away Deployment Aid.
Patent, Filed 15 Aug 86, patented 15 Sep 87,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A parachute having canopy with a number of suspension lines has a pair of closing flaps attached to opposite sides of the canopy. Holes in flaps match locking loops on an apron and the suspension lines are bighted to hold the canopy shut as the parachute is deployed. The suspension lines are incrementally pulled free from the apron while the parachute skirt remains closed. As the suspension lines reach the locking loops and are pulled free from the locking loops, air enters the skirt to cleanly open the canopy thereby preventing unwanted parachute opening anomalies.
- Gliders and Parachutes