Variable Glide Aerial Delivery Parachute Systems

Period of Performance: 12/13/2004 - 06/13/2005


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

FOX Parachute Services
Rt. 1, Box 32A
Belleville, WV 26133
Principal Investigator


A parachute system with variable glide capability will improve the accuracy and maneuverability achievable for aerial delivery through in-flight configuration changes that can effectively alter the L/D. Such a capability will optimize control in variable environments (e.g. wind) and maximize flexibility in release locations and payload weight ranges. A program is proposed to develop and study potential concepts. Prototype parachutes capable of delivering payloads in the 50lb to 500lb range will be fabricated and tested.