Just theorizing here, and asking. Have you seen this technology utilized with rockets? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slider_(parachuting) Ram air parachutes (square for short) have been around for decades. Imagine a canopy (what skydivers call their parachute) that would open slowly to lessen the shock cord stretch and resultant almost inevitable nose cone airframe collision when the shock cord retracts. Imagine a square canopy, above the rocket, on it's return to Terra Firma, that you can steer with a radio control transmitter to make it land mostly where you want it to.