Ballistic parachute

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Photo series showing a Cirrus ballistic parachute deployment in action

A ballistic parachute, ballistic reserve parachute, or emergency ballistic reserve parachute is a parachute ejected from the casing via a small explosion,[1] 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.[2] In 1998 Cirrus Aircraft provided the first ballistic parachutes as standard equipment on their line of type certified aircraft, the Cirrus SR20.

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  1. ^ Also there are slug fired systems, (pre 1990) mortar fired systems, (pre 1994), & A.I.R. rocket (compressed gas) systems.
  2. ^ "The History of Comco-Ikarus Aircraft". Sport Aviation. March 2009.