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Performance of and Design Criteria for Deployable Aerodynamic Decelerators

Report Number: ASD TR 61-579
Corporate Author: American Power Jet Company
Date of Publication: 1963-12
Pages: 536
AD Number: AD0429971

Abstract:
The present state-of-the-art, technology, and theory applicable to deployable aerodynamic decelerators, especially textile parachute canopies, are presented. Major types of decel erators are described, and their aerodynamic and operational characteristics, as well as applications, are discussed. Detailed coverage is given to decelerator materials, design and construction, hardware, test methods and vehicles, and test instrumentation. Decelerator design procedures and performance prediction techniques are demonstrated by sample calculations.

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