The primary purpose of the precision guided parafoil system is to enable delivery of large high-altitude payloads to pre-defined locations for easier recovery. The innovative addition of a steerable ballute to increase offset the target area will further improve the delivery of payloads to pre-defined location for easier recovery. Based on this mission there are a number of potential NASA applications for our proposed solution: - Sounding Rocket Recovery - The precision guided parafoil system can be used for NASA sounding rocket missions as a means to lower costs and reduce resources necessary to carry out sounding rocket water recovery efforts - Suborbital and/or Orbital rocket recovery - enable precision landing of suborbital and/or orbital rockets - International Space Station - enable precision landing of payloads released from the International Space Station - High-Altitude Balloons - enable precision of landing of payloads release from high altitude balloons. - Aircraft - enable precision landing of payloads released from aircraft.
There are a number of potential non-NASA commercial application for the precision guided parafoil system: Commercial Space - Ventures utilizing re-entry vehicles can use this technology to recover their capsules; High Altitude Ballooning - With the recent considerable interest in high altitude ballooning for edge of space and ballistic rocket planes for suborbital tourism, our system could be used for the recovery of these systems; Emergency Response Applications - Precision guided systems can be attractive to emergency responders that require delivery of food, equipment and supplies too difficult to reach locations; Industrial Applications - This technology can be beneficial to any industry requiring high-altitude precision recovery and/or delivery of payloads to pre-defined locations; Military Applications - Potential military applications for this technology would benefit any high-altitude precision recovery and/or delivery of payloads similar to sounding rockets that need to be delivered to pre-defined locations; Airborne Delivery System (ADS) for Terrestrial Return Vehicle (TRV) - Enable precision landing of the Terrestrial Return Vehicle (TRV) that will enable on demand rapid return of experiments for the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.