Gaganyaan Mission: ISRO conducts drogue parachute deployment tests I Watch


The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)/ISRO, successfully conducted a series of Drogue Parachute Deployment Tests at the Rail Track Rocket Sled (RTRS) facility of the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh, during August 8-10, 2023.

According to a press statement from ISRO, the tests were conducted in collaboration with Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE)/DRDO.

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Drogue parachutes, armed with pyro-based mortars, stabilize and decelerate the crew module during re-entry to ensure a smooth descent.

The first test simulated the maximum reefed load, marking a groundbreaking introduction of reefing in a mortar-deployed parachute within India.

The second test emulated the maximum dis reefed load, while the third test showcased the deployment of the drogue parachute under conditions mirroring the maximum angle of attack experienced by the Crew Module during its mission.

The tests instil assurance for integrating drogue parachutes into the Test Vehicle-D1 mission, Isro said.

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