Accession Number : ADB004568

Title :   Evaluation of an Aerial Recovery Parachute System for Black Brant MK-VB Sounding Rocket Payload.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Byam, Laurence T.

Report Date : SEP 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : This report presents an evaluation of an aerial recovery parachute system designed for use on the Black Brant MK-VB sounding rocket payload. Fourteen aerial drop tests were made from C-130 or B-52 aircraft flying at equivalent airspeeds ranging from 120 to 215 kt and at pressure altitudes ranging from 6,650 to 40,000 ft. One unsuccessful rocket-launched test was conducted at Eglin AFB, Florida. Cylindrical test vehicles, weight bombs, payload mockups, and an operational payload ranging in weight from 332 to 454 lb were used as the suspended loads. Rates of descent and event times were measured and parachute system performance was observed. Eight successful aerial retrivals by a JC-130 aircraft were accomplished. Based upon results of the limited number of tests conducted, it was concluded that the system can be retrieved aboard a JC-130 aircraft by either the Model 90A or Model 90B winch when used under the conditions tested. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOUNDING ROCKETS, RECOVERY), (*PARACHUTES, PAYLOAD), (*TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, WINCHES), AIRBORNE, AERIAL PICKUP SYSTEMS, DROP TESTS, FLIGHT SPEEDS, LOW ALTITUDE, HIGH ALTITUDE, WEIGHT, FLIGHT TESTING, ACCEPTABILITY, CANADA.

Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes
      Rockets

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE