View Full Version : China to attempt paraglider booster recovery

2014-Jun-20, 11:02 AM

Last week, China Space News published a short article on efforts by engineers to recover rocket boosters for later reuse. Based on a Google Translate version of the original article, it sounds like they are pursuing an approach quite different from SpaceXs propulsive landing system. The article quotes an engineer has saying the recovery approach involves attaching paraglider-type wings to the booster that would allow it to glide to a soft landing. This technology has reached the experimental verification stage. Future steps include powered flight tests. The article indicates that the development process is estimated to take about four years. Heres a link to the original article in Chinese.

Old concept

2014-Jun-20, 12:13 PM
If anyone is interested in the old concept above (1963 Saturn-I booster) I found a few videos of scaled testing.
Wind tunnel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLXrdAQsbuo)
Atmospheric (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwh8hjjzAKs)
And Here's a reference (http://www.samachar.com/nasa-s-first-quest-for-a-reusable-rocket-mk0xP6jafac.html) that says it would have needed a 24,000 lb wing system. I'm sure technology has reached a point where the Chinese can cut that down by quite a bit.

It also proved difficult for capsule recovery.

2014-Jun-20, 10:42 PM
I seem to remember a "Bat" system with two outer strap-ons had a membrane connecting to the central core, and it just hinged out at the bottom...or something ;)