Parachute lead engineer Phil Elterman assisted by aeroshell engineer Mason McKovich performed a pseudo test of the drag chute this morning after the surprise delivery of the aluminum tube that will be containing the parachute. Of course, this is a small step taken to gain a better understanding of the current parachute system and how it can be improved to ensure safety and consistent functionality. Enjoy!
Following the run of the Eagle Works land speed car the drag chute will be released by a cable mechanism and pop out just like in the video. The drag chute will catch air and pull the rest of the parachute out of the aluminum container slowing the land speed car before engaging the brake. This method of decreasing velocity is often used in drag racing.