On Development of Autonomous HAHO Parafoil System for Targeted Payload Return
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An autonomous HAHO (high altitude, high-opening) parafoil system design is presented as a solution to the final descent phase of an on-demand International Space Station (ISS) sample return concept. The system design is tailored to meet specific constraints defined by a larger study at NASA Ames Research Center, called SPQR (Small Payload Quick-Return). Building on previous work in small, autonomous parafoil systems development, a SPQR compatible evolution of an existing advanced parafoil delivery system is designed, built, and test-flown deployed from unmanned air vehicles and high-altitude balloons. Results of the preliminary tests of the original and SPQR-compatible systems are presented, and applicability of the test article to actual spaceflight conditions is discussed.
Proceedings of the 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, March 25-28, 2013.
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