# Very Small Parachutes

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#### Bruce

##### Well-Known Member
I need a tiny parachute to fit in an 18mm body tube.

We've tried the smallest Estes chutes, but since they are made from the same plastic as the larger parachutes, they don't seem to open reliably.

I'm looking for a ready made parachute in the 4 to 6 inch diameter size range. Does anyone make such a chute?

#### Scott_650

##### Well-Known Member
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I need a tiny parachute to fit in an 18mm body tube.
[...]I'm looking for a ready made parachute in the 4 to 6 inch diameter size range. Does anyone make such a chute?
For something THAT small, I would go with a streamer.
Streamers take less space and open reliably. As a side benefit, gold and silver mylar streamers are highly visible, and make the rocket a little easier to spot in the sky.

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P.S.: If you are absolutely set on parachutes, a 9" mylar chute will pack smaller than nylon.

#### caveduck

##### semi old rocketeer
1/4 mil Mylar chutes will work great in an 18mm (or even 13mm) tube. It's harder to obtain than it once was, but ASP should have some in stock. One caveat on the Mylar is that it's a bit stiff compared to polyethylene and can have deployment issues in cold weather. I used to routinely put 18-22" Mylar chutes in BT-5 for competition, so you will absolutely not have any problems getting it to fit in 18mm BT-20.

#### shockie

##### High Plains Drifter
ASP Rocketry sells a precut 5" silver mylar canopy