Low Cost High Velocity Parachute
The LCC is the first of three LCADS components to be developed. The second is a low-cost alternative to the 26-foot high-velocity ringslot chute. The low-cost chute is made from 3-foot-wide, woven polypropylene strips stitched in a crosshatch pattern to form 12 legs that give it the look of a giant spider. The chute has completed testing and became available in late 2005.
The Low Cost High Velocity Parachute is a component of the Low Cost Aerial Delivery System (LCADS) that will provide an affordable alternative to the c omponents of the current Container Delivery System (CDS). The High-V parachute, which will be the low-cost replacement for the existing 26-foot ringslot chute, is made of lengths of woven polypropylene material sewn at the crown in a cross-hatch pattern, with nylon suspension lines to attach to the containerized load. B.A. Tech has provided prototype High Velocity Parachutes that were used in Technical Feasibility Testing, and is familiar with the stitching techniques and packaging methods used. B.A. Tech s proven ability consistently to fabricate this particular parachute is an invaluable asset in maintaining the test schedule and quality.
The Low Cost Air Delivery System (LCADS) Hi-Velocity Parachute was developed by Product Manager Force Sustainment System at the Program Executive Office (PEO), Natick, MA. The delivery system has a weight capacity of 2200 lbs. and can be dropped from an altitude of 15,000 - 25,000 ft above ground level. This "black widow" chute has 12 "legs" that are knotted, not stitched, to the suspension lines. As it descends from the sky, the black triplecross canopy pattern, along with its "legs", gives the appearance of a spider floating down on an invisible web. This new chute is an immense improvement on the standard parachute used for one-time use applications. It's cheap and easy to make and its performance promises to be at least as good as the 26-ft.
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