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Class: Manned. Type: Bailout. Nation: USA. Manufacturer: Aerojet.

A six-man parasail escape system was studied as an elaboration of the single-crew system. It was to provide rescue from manned spacecraft as well as stations. The system would have essentially the same flight characteristics, but a smaller-diameter higher-pressure inflatable structure was proposed. It would be a ‘hotter’ aircraft, with triple the wing loading. The vehicle would have a 7 kg nitrogen gas supply for orienting itself for retro-fire from orbit. Re-entry would be controlled by a guidance computer using data from a strap-down gyro package and air data sensors. It was expected that the guidance system would obtain state vector updates from the station or spacecraft before it was ejected. The 70 degree re-entry would be computer controlled. Angle of attack would be modulated to fly a constant 5-G trajectory. After that the parasail would be rolled as necessary to obtain cross-range to reach the landing point.

Mass per crew 586 kg. Mass breakdown:

Crew Compartment Structure & Insulation1105
Paraglider Structure672
Ablation Material163
Pressurization System474
Oxygen Supply (24 crew-hours)94
Electronic Equipment & Control System333
Vehicle stowage cannister128
Payload (six crew)544
Gross mass3514


Craft.Crew Size: 6. Total Length: 8.4 m. Maximum Diameter: 2.0 m. Total Mass: 3,514 kg.

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