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Performance evaluation of Space Shuttle SRB parachutes from air drop and scaled model wind tunnel testsThe aerodynamic performance characteristics have been determined for the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster drogue, main, and pilot parachutes. The performance evaluation on the 20-degree conical ribbon parachutes is based primarily on air drop tests of full scale prototype parachutes. In addition, parametric wind tunnel tests were performed and used in parachute configuration development and preliminary performance assessments. The wind tunnel test data are compared to the drop test results and both sets of data are used to determine the predicted performance of the Solid Rocket Booster flight parachutes. Data from other drop tests of large ribbon parachutes are also compared with the Solid Rocket Booster parachute performance characteristics. Parameters assessed include full open terminal drag coefficients, reefed drag area, opening characteristics, clustering effects, and forebody interference.
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Conference Proceedings
Moog, R. D.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, Colo., United States)
Bacchus, D. L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Utreja, L. R.
(Northrop Services, Inc. Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Space Transportation
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 79-0464
Meeting Information
Meeting: Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference
Location: Houston, TX
Start Date: March 5, 1979
End Date: March 7, 1979
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