Cirrus Aircraft – Whole Aircraft Recovery Systems

Mission Background:

The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™) is standard equipment on every Cirrus aircraft. The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment. CAPS™ revolutionized general aviation safety by providing an additional measure of safety to occupants, similar in theory to the role of airbags in automobiles.

Customer Requirements:

Cirrus, a manufacturer of light aircraft, invited Vorticity to collaborate with them in the review of their CAPS™ whole aircraft recovery system: the parachute system that enables small aircraft in distress to land safely.  The aim has been to help advance the system to support aircraft with a higher all up weights.

Our Work:

Vorticity is supporting Cirrus in the development of the CAPS™ whole aircraft recovery system for larger aircraft all up weights.

In addition to providing design support for the parachute and simulation of the recovery event including full aircraft aerodynamics we have supported two test series. Vorticity designed and developed instrumentation which was used in testing to gather data on the payload trajectory dynamics to allow detailed analysis of parachute performance.