Descent Rates

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madmax

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Hello,

What is a good descent rate for parachutes to be calculated to?
Ft/sec or MPH, either or. Also recommendations for a rocket that weighs about 18 oz empty and between 20 and 25 loaded. Any help would be appreciated.
 

edwardw

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Descent rates are calculated usually in FPS, feet per second. 20 feet per second is considered pretty fast, while 10 fps is barely going. 15 is what a lot of people shoot for. Infocentral has a lot of good information. Their drop table, the height at which you drop it and the corresponding FPS is here .

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Major factors effect your desired descent rate.
The ground where you launch, is it soft or hard (if hard you may want a bit slower descent)
Your recovery area, if small you may want a bit faster descent.
Your rocket, is it built like a tank or does it have fragile details that may break on landing.
You have to take all these factors into account when sizing your recovery device.
 
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