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Precision Guided Parafoil System For Sounding Rocket Recovery

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Precision Guided Parafoil System For Sounding Rocket Recovery, Phase II
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 guiding parafoil system deployed at high altitudes coupled with a steerable ballute would enable the landing of the payload at a defined location. More »

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