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Precision Guided Parafoil System For Sounding Rocket Recovery, Phase I

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The primary goal of the proposed STARA innovation is to develop and demonstrate a high-altitude precision guided parafoil system that will enable NASA to control the final landing point of the sounding rocket payload, thus reducing system offset, recovery time, and recovery cost. Current recovery methods utilize unguided parachutes, which are susceptible to large uncertainties in recovery locations due to unforeseen variables. Using a precision guided parafoil system deployed at high altitudes would enable the landing of the payload at a defined location. This innovation will include a ruggedized satellite based telemetry system to assist in recovery efforts. More »

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