Modular Parachute Concepts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$669,729.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QY-05-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2894
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-184
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
FOX PARACHUTE SERVICES
Rt. 1, Box 32A, Belleville, WV, 26133
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
140323010
Principal Investigator:
Roy Fox
President/Owner
(928) 782-2068
getroyfox@aol.com
Business Contact:
Roy Fox
President/Owner
(928) 782-2068
getroyfox@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Modular concepts will be applied to round parachutes and parafoil parachutes for the purpose of improving utility and reducing cost. Round parachute designs will be formed from the alteration of uniform fabric panels and limited sewing operations. Fabric panels of round parachutes will be connected with structurally suitable cordage ties to facilitate rapid fabrication and maintenance repairs. Parachute geometry, aerodynamic performance, and reefing capability for designs employing the modular concepts will be demonstrated. A parafoil parachute design will be formed by lacing the canopy sections or cells together for allowing dissection and piece part recovery. The lacing technique used to connect the parafoil cells will employ a process similar to that used for the mid-span reefing opening load management method. The canopy geometry and aerodynamic performance that results from application of the modular concept will be similar to traditional parafoils.

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