Pioneer Aerospace Corporation

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Pioneer Aerospace Corporation is one of the world's largest aerodynamic deceleration manufacturers. Pioneer has designed and manufactured parachutes and parafoils for numerous NASA missions.


Pioneer Aerospace Corporation began production in 1938. In 1988, Pioneer become a part of Zodiac's Aerosafety Systems Group.[1] Pioneer's main factory and distribution centers are located in Columbia, Mississippi[2] and South Windsor, Connecticut.[3] The company is one of the largest aerodynamic deceleration manufacturers in the world.[4][5]


Pioneer Aerospace Corporation has designed and manufactured recovery systems for numerous NASA missions, including: the Galileo probe, the Space Shuttle, the Mars Pathfinder missions, the Genesis solar-sample mission, the Stardust Comet Intercept Probe, and the Mars Exploration Rovers.[6] In 1999, Pioneer manufactured, at the time, the world's largest parafoil (7,500 square ft.) for the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle, an emergency return capsule for the crew of the International Space Station.[7]


  1. ^ [1]| Pioneer Aerospace (corporate website), Company History
  2. ^ [2]| Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi (website); Visit Mississippi One Porch at a Time
  3. ^ [3]| Pioneer Aerospace (corporate website), Contact Us
  4. ^ [4]| Mississippi Group Tour Escort Manual (pdf)
  5. ^ [5]| Pioneer Aerospace (corporate website), Home
  6. ^ [6]| Mississippi Group Tour Escort Manual (pdf)
  7. ^ [7]| Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi (website); Visit Mississippi One Porch at a Time