RUASRT researchers are currently studying the suitability of using small parachutes for recovering small UAVs. Such recovery techniques represents a method of risk reduction which ensures safe recovery in-case of system failures.
RUASRT researchers have studied the force profiles of the parachute, recorded during the physical testing which is compared against the profiles anticipated through existing traditional analytical methods. By comparing key parameters deduced through wind tunnel testing and predictions from traditional analytical methods, the validity of using traditional principles in designing small parachutes is being determined.
Through optimisation of characteristic dimensions of the parachutes, RUASRT researchers are hoping that they can enhance the effectiveness of the parachutes for small UAVs.
For more details about the project, http://www.jatm.com.br/ojs/index.php/jatm/article/view/752/688.