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Leonardo da Vinci's Parachute, circa 1483

"if a man had a tent made of linen, of which all the apertures have been stopped up, and it be twelve braccia [21 feet] across and twelve feet in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any great height without sustaining any injury."
  The Parachute History Collection at Linda Hall Library


Over a thousand technical articles chronicling the development of parachute technology in a fully searchable database.

  ADS Conference Papers
18th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 2005
17th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 2003
16th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 2001
15th CEAS/AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 1999
14th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 1997
13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Technology Conference, 1995
12th RAeS/AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar,1993
11th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1991
10th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1989
9th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference, 1986
8th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference, 1984
7th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference, 1981
6th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator and Balloon Technology Conference, 1979
5th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference, 1975
4th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference, 1973
3rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference, 1968
2nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference, 1966
1st AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference, 1964
  Year in Review Articles from Aerospace America
Year in Review, 2005(PDF) Year in Review, 2000(PDF)
Year in Review, 2004(PDF) Year in Review, 1999
Year in Review, 2003(PDF) Year in Review, 1998
Year in Review, 2002(PDF) Year in Review, 1996
Year in Review, 2001(PDF) Year in Review, 1995
  ADS Newsletters
Decelerator, May 1999
  Other ADS Publications
 


Advances in Modern Fibers, Textiles, and Parachute Material Processes

available on CD

A CD of the 6th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Seminar is now available from the ADS TC. This all-day seminar held May 19, 2003, in Monterey, California, and titled "Advances in Modern Fibers, Textiles, and Parachute Material Processes" includes presentations by industry and government experts on the latest advances in modern fibers and coatings, degradation processes and modeling, next-generation fibers, and 3-D processes and products. Presentations include:

  • Engineered High-Performance Fiber by Dr. Terry Chern of Honeywell Performance Products
  • Chemistry and Properties of LCP Fibers by Dr. Forrest Sloan of Celanese Advanced Materials
  • Accelerated U.V. Testing of Parachute Fabrics by Dr. Richard Shoemaker of Dupont Textiles and Interiors
  • Parachute Degradation Investigations by Dr. Robert Bernstein of Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque
  • Presentation of the New Superfiber M5™ by Eugene Vetter of Magellan Systems International
  • Carbon Nanotube Based Nanotechnology by Dr. Meyya Meyyappan of NASA Ames Research Center
  • Engineering Flexible Composites by Charles Howland of Warwick Mills
  • Three Dimensional Laminate by Bill Pearson & Peter Mahr of North Sails
To order, send check or money order for $75.00 USD payable to “AIAA ADS TC” to:

Dr. Dean S. Jorgensen
Vertigo, Inc.
P.O. Box 58
Andover, CT 06232
djorgensen@vertigo-inc.com
Ram-Air Parachute Design by Dr. J. Stephen Lingard
1996, 63 pp, available as PDF only

Published by the ADS Technical Committee, this document is a reprint of the material presented by Dr. Steve Lingard, Chief Systems Engineer at Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., at the AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Seminar in May, 1995. Dr. Lingard, an acknowledged authority on ram-air parachute design, offers a broad overview of parafoil technology. This reference document offers detailed coverage of flight performance, longitudinal dynamic motion, lateral dynamics, inflation management and loads prediction, and includes a detailed design example.

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AIAA Standard for Aerodynamic Decelerator and Parachute Drawings

This AIAA standard, prepared by the ADS Technical Committee, establishes terminology for 267 terms critical to communication about the design and function of parachutes. It further sets requirements for the graphic description of materials, stitching, seams, views, and projections, with related dimensions and tolerances, all of which are consistent with current procurement practice. Many figures are included to illustrate the requirements. Additional illustrations of several types of finished parachutes are provided in an appendix. (Approved by ANSI and adopted by DoD.)


Recovery Systems Design Guide AFFDL-TR-78-151 (link to Irvin Aerospace)

This handbook is a comprehensive guide to the practicing engineer in the field of recovery system design, construction and testing. This handbook was prepared by Irvin Industries Inc, California Division under Air Force Contract Number F33615-75-C-3081. The principal authors were Mr. E.G.Ewing, Mr. H.W.Bixby and Mr. T.W.Knacke.
 


 

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