Performance of a conical ribbon drogue parachute in the wake of a subscale Orion command module

Anita Sengupta, Ricardo Machin, Gary Bourland, Ellen Longmire, Mitch Ryan, Erik Haugen, Edward White, James Ross, Jose Laguna, Robert Sinclair, Elsa Hennings, Daniel Bissell

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Ten percent of full-scale Orion conical ribbon drogue parachutes in the wake of a 10% command module were tested in a subsonic 3x2.1 m (10'x7') cross section, subsonic atmospheric wind tunnel. The motivation behind the test program is to provide a cost-efficient means to provide both parachute performance data in the wake of the Command Module (CM), and a comprehensive computational fluid dynamics validation dataset, including velocity field measurement in the wake. The subscale parachutes are constructed with the full-scale geometric porosity, number of gores and ribbons, using a novel laser cutting technique. The wind tunnel allows full exploration of the parameter space, including CM pitch plane angle, dynamic pressure (Reynolds number), and trailing distance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 3 2012Mar 10 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Other2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT


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