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andrewlathrop87
8th October 2010, 03:19 AM
Where can I get a 10ft parachute for a Half Scale Patriot for a Level 3 project. I am looking for a Military Surplus parachute, I do not want to break the bank on just a parachute. I know military chutes are very strong.

madmax
8th October 2010, 09:05 AM
I know others will echo this sentiment. Don't skimp on your recovery on something as important as an L3 certification flight! A good parachute will set you back about $150-170. It is well worth it. Just put it into perspective.

Airframe/Kit~$350
Motor and/or hardware~$250 minimum
Electronics~$180+

Not including misc. items you are putting at least $600-700 in the air. Is it worth it to risk that on a cheap parachute? I don't think so.

Check out these manufacturers for some high quality, appropriate chutes.

www.topflightrecoveryllc.com least expensive option still good chutes though
www.spherachutes.com good middle of the road pricing
www.fruitychutes.com great chutes and you get what you pay for

Of course there are always Skyangle and Rocketman but I don't use them so I can't say anything about them.

Also I don't think you will find a military surplus chute in that size.

Hope that helps!

fox_racing_guy
8th October 2010, 12:26 PM
We really need to know the weight of your rocket before making a recommendation. Aerocon sells many different military surplus parachutes that might work for your application http://aeroconsystems.com/cart/catalog/Parachutes-65-1.html
Another option is borrowing a parachute from someone you might already know.

troj
8th October 2010, 12:30 PM
Check with [url=http://www.aeroconsystems.com/]Aerocon Systems[/quote]. If Bob doesn't list it, give him a call and tell him what you're looking for. He'll watch for one for you.

Another option is eBay. Just make sure it still has the lines attached.

I've seen lots of 10 foot parachutes over the years, in varying conditions.

Buying a surplus chute, it's a good idea to test it before using it, in case it has been mistreated or improperly stored. Do that by grabbing fabric by the handful (both hands, relatively close together), then while holding the fabric stretched somewhat tight between your hands, try to shove your thumb through the fabric. Do that in various spots across the canopy.

Even the lightweight nylon parachutes will handle this fine, if the fabric isn't damaged. Fabric that visually looks fine can fail this test, which means it's likely to fail under load.

That's a little trick I learned from a rigger buddy.

-Kevin

troj
8th October 2010, 12:33 PM
Check with [url=http://www.aeroconsystems.com/]Aerocon Systems. If Bob doesn't list it, give him a call and tell him what you're looking for. He'll watch for one for you.

Another option is eBay. Just make sure it still has the lines attached.

I've seen lots of 10 foot parachutes over the years, in varying conditions.

Buying a surplus chute, it's a good idea to test it before using it, in case it has been mistreated or improperly stored. Do that by grabbing fabric by the handful (both hands, relatively close together), then while holding the fabric stretched somewhat tight between your hands, try to shove your thumb through the fabric. Do that in various spots across the canopy.

Even the lightweight nylon parachutes will handle this fine, if the fabric isn't damaged. Fabric that visually looks fine can fail this test, which means it's likely to fail under load.

That's a little trick I learned from a rigger buddy.

BTW, what's the final recovery weight? A 10 foot parachute seems kinda small.

-Kevin[/QUOTE]

bobkrech
8th October 2010, 02:46 PM
Another great source of surplus parachutes is http://www.alwaysreadyrocketry.com/Products/chutes.html

You can get alsmot any surplus chute from either Aerocon Systems or Always Ready Rocketry.

Bob

Pantherjon
8th October 2010, 02:50 PM
You can also look here (http://www.kandsrockets.com/chute.htm)..

rcktnut
8th October 2010, 06:13 PM
I agree with " you don't want to skimp on your chute." I've never checked these out yet, do not have a current need for one, but here's a couple links.

http://www.rocketryplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2778&highlight=parachute

http://playparachutes.com/

AZ_Ron
8th October 2010, 07:25 PM
After seeing Andrew's post last night, I did some searching around, and it seems everyone is out of the 10ft surplus chutes. ARR, Aerocon, Military Surplus, etc... no one seems to have 10' chutes in stock.

I think the opinions offered above to either shell out for a 'good' chute, or borrow one from a fellow flier are the best bets at this point.

R

rocketsmith
8th October 2010, 07:31 PM
+1 for Aerocon Systems. While I am sure that all the others make fine chutes, I trust mil. spec. over anybody elses good idea. I have never had an Aerocon surplus chute fail and have always been happy with them.

Some folks just like to spend more money for the same thing. Makes 'em feel better. I always try to pay the least possible for the same item, but for many, a lower price indicates lower quality. Quality is best judged independent of price.

Brent
8th October 2010, 07:59 PM
About a year ago, I bought a white 17-foot military surplus parachute at a Military Surplus store in Wilmington, NC for 30.00. They chute was like new in the deployment bag. They had three or four of them at the time.

Blackfly
8th October 2010, 10:59 PM
Why not go for multiple chutes, like 3 Aerocon 60" whiteys? There's lots of info on packing and lanyard lengths, it would cost you under $50, and give one helluva' deployment.

I've had excellent success with these, L1, and L2 both on the 60's, and a recent flight on duel 60's.

It is an L3 flight, so at least have some fun with it!

Cheers,

PT

jsdemar
10th October 2010, 04:42 PM
http://www.rocketryplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2778&highlight=parachute

http://playparachutes.com/

I used one of the playchutes on my L3 flight. Remove the handles and sew on some good extension lines. Dave at Quickburst did the lines for me. Works great in a D-bag.

-John