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A ballistic parachute, ballistic reserve parachute, or emergency ballistic reserve parachute is a parachute ejected from the casing via a small explosion, much like that used in an ejection seat. The advantage of the ballistic parachute over a conventional parachute is that it ejects the parachute canopy causing it to open rapidly, this makes it ideal for attaching to small aircraft, hang-gliders and microlights where an emergency situation may occur in close proximity to the ground. In such a situation a conventional parachute would not open quickly enough.
In 1982 Comco Ikarus developed the FRS rocket-launched parachute system for its ultralight and hanglider aircraft. The Cirrus SR20 developed in 1995 provided ballistic parachutes as standard equipment.
- Ballistic Recovery Systems - manufacturer of ballistic parachute for use in light aircraft
Notes and references
- Also there are slug fired systems, (pre 1990) mortar fired systems, (pre 1994), & A.I.R. rocket (compressed gas) systems.
- "The History of Comco-Ikarus Aircraft". Sport Aviation. March 2009.
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