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Stratospheric Deployment Parafoil

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Pioneer Astronautics
CO Lakewood, CO 80215-5516
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Stratospheric Deployment Parafoil
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX07CA57P
Award Amount: $99,994.00


The Stratospheric Deployment Parafoil is a proposed technology that will be designed and tested to provide a greatly superior parachute precision delivery system under thin atmosphere conditions, including Mars entry. Current systems incorporate a parachute which lacks the controllability necessary for precision landing. The non-controllable parachutes act only as a delivery system but afford no way to direct the parachute descent. The new technology will eliminate the uncontrollable system and, rather than using a round parachute variant, will have a high L/D parafoil capable of precision control and landing. This controllable parafoil will have a multistage deployment sequence which will accomplish high speed, even supersonic parachute deployment with the parachute in a reefed condition. The first stage of the deployment will approximate a conical ribbon parachute which will slow the system to subsonic speeds. Once the system has slowed sufficiently, subsequent stages of the deployment will transition the non-controllable parachute to a fully controllable, precision-landing parafoil.

Principal Investigator:

Robert D. Zubrin
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Robert N. Zubrin
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Pioneer Astronautics
11111 W. 8th Avenue, Unit A Lakewood, CO 80215

EIN/Tax ID: 841322304
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No