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.

History[edit]

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]

NASA[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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