Nylon 'Parafoil' Parachute Pictures

This is it on the ground. I took the trouble to make the nose cone a little longer than normal so that the parafoil chute, with its greater volume of material, wouldn't get too squashed up inside. Also, the pack for this is a little odd in that it concertinas and then folds which doesn't lend itself to making a wide variety of packs - concertina or concertina.

Using an interchangeable nose cone/parchute assembly like this allows you to choose between whatever you have got - bin-liner/circular-nylon/parafoil - without any problems. Just keep the chutes in their respective nose-cones and screw on the one that you want, when you want it.

This shows the chute just opening. I have altered the contrast of the picture so that it is easier to see the mouth of each of the cells as they fill with air.

Despite having all of those cords, there is very little tendancy for them to get tangled. If you keep the screw on top from getting tangled up in them before you screw the parachute onto the top of the rocket, there is no opportunity for a tangle. In the air, they all come to their tension and the chute works fine.

Fully open - the drogue drifts off to the left as the rocket swings around. (All that is needed to make it complete is a little man with a smoke canister attached to his ankle).
This shows the angle of attack - the solarised picture on the right showing the cords. If you want to make the decent slower, you could adjust this to be shallower although you should bear in mind that if it is too shallow, the chute could stall and never fill up with air.
Just before touchdown. The parafoil has not done that badly compared to the drogue so its decent is not that slow in comparison to a circular chute.

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