*Originally posted by rocketgroupmike *

**My rocket spun and swayed a bit under drogue, but the booster never banged into the forward section... So I guess I'll keep it as is. (would an x-form chute result in more sway than a Spherachute+ ?)**

Ps. gravity is 32 feet per second Per Second!

No, an X-form should sway less if at all. Since it has slits well up the sides, it takes less tilt to spill, empty out a bit, speed up, and refill.

I've seen a well balanced X-form pulsing down like a jelly fish, and seen them spin if unbalanced, but rarely ever seen one sway significantly. I always let the shrouds run through a quick link freely (ie. not tied) so they balance themselves under load.

Quick way to figure free fall: 10 meters per second for every second, cumulative. 1 sec = 10 m/sec, 2 sec = 20 m/sec, 3 = 30, etc.

Quick way to do conversions: Google search window.

Put in "30 meters per second in miles per hour" and get 67.1080888 miles per hour.

Put in "186282 miles per second in furlongs per fortnight" and get 1,802,613,657,600 furlongs per fortnight. At that rate you'd only have to ride your horse for 112.181532 fortnights to reach Proxima Centauri. They don't have the calculations for parsecs in yet, so if you're doing the Kessel run, you're on your own.