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Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster decelerator subsystem - Air drop test vehicle/B-52 designThe air drop development test program for the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Recovery System required the design of a large drop test vehicle that would meet all the stringent requirements placed on it by structural loads, safety considerations, flight recovery system interfaces, and sequence. The drop test vehicle had to have the capability to test the drogue and the three main parachutes both separately and in the total flight deployment sequence and still be low-cost to fit in a low-budget development program. The design to test large ribbon parachutes to loads of 300,000 pounds required the detailed investigation and integration of several parameters such as carrier aircraft mechanical interface, drop test vehicle ground transportability, impact point ground penetration, salvageability, drop test vehicle intelligence, flight design hardware interfaces, and packaging fidelity.
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Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Runkle, R. E.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Drobnik, R. F.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, Colo., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Space Transportation
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 79-0466
Meeting Information
Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference(Houston, TX)
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