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X-38 Recovery ParafoilThe X-38 space vehicle is an emergency vehicle for the International Space Station (ISS). It may one day carry 7-8 people from the ISS back to Earth. After the X-38 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, a large parafoil is deployed to slow it's descent.
A very large parafoil is under development and testing by NASA. The parafoil has a surface area of 7,500 square feet. The nominal payload weight is 15,000 pounds and touchdown descent rate is 8 ft/sec. Wing loading is 2.0.
Check back for specifications of the X-38 Recovery Parafoil
Photos and movies from NASA.
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