drogue parachute


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drogue parachute

n.
1. A parachute used to stabilize or decelerate a fast-moving object, especially a small parachute used to slow down a reentering spacecraft or satellite prior to deployment of the main parachute.
2. A small parachute used to pull a main parachute from its storage pack.
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Noun1.drogue parachute - a small parachute that pulls the main parachute from its storage pack
chute, parachute - rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
2.drogue parachute - a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
chute, parachute - rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
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Zeng and Cai [39] introduced the parachute recovery system composed of fuselage, door, hanger, segregator, shooting system, main parachute, drogue parachute, unlocking system of doors, and binding system.
Jim Hayhurst, of the US Parachute Association, the jump's official observer, said Eustace deployed a drogue parachute that gave him incredible stability and control during the freefall.
The original plan was for Genesis to deploy a drogue parachute and then a parafoil to slow its screaming re-entry from space; helicopters flown by professional daredevils hired by NASA would have swooped in to hook the capsule and lower it gently to the ground in western Utah.
If needed, a drogue parachute can be deployed to stabilise his flight.