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Supersonic Parachute

30 Oct 2018, 13:00 UTC
Supersonic Parachute
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NASA dixit:
“Less than 2 minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-meter) Black Brant IX sounding rocket, a payload separated and began its dive back through Earth’s atmosphere. When onboard sensors determined the payload had reached the appropriate height and Mach number (38 kilometers altitude, Mach 1.8), the payload deployed a parachute. Within four-tenths of a second, the 180-pound parachute billowed out from being a solid cylinder to being fully inflated. It was the fastest inflation in history of a parachute this size and created a peak load of almost 70,000 pounds of force.”
Video Credit: NASA

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