Vorticity Ltd provided the specialist parachute consulting advice to the British Antarctic Survey for their Javelin drop on the Pine Island Glacier.
Vorticity’s latest balloon flight test, a part of the ESA Subsonic Parachute Technology Research Programme, takes the ESA logo to stratospheric heights.
Vorticity Ltd completed a supersonic wind tunnel campaign for the European Space Agency last week. A series of small parachutes were tested at Mach numbers between 1.6 and 2.25 in the 1.5 m wind tunnel at CNRC in Ottawa.
London viewed from 35000 metres. These images were captured during a recent High Altitude Balloon Flight from Oxfordshire on 14 November 2012.
During September 2012 , Vorticity tested parachutes at speeds between Mach 1.6 and 2.2 as part of a research programme for the European Space Agency. The objective of the tests, carried out at the NRC Trisonic Wind Tunnel in Ottawa, Canada, was to improve knowledge of parachutes which could be used for future Mars landings and Earth return missions.
On 10th October 2012, the team at Vorticity Ltd. successfully performed a low-altitude drop test of their in-house designed and built test vehicle. The test qualified the design of one of the parachutes that will be used on ESA’s 2016 ExoMars Mission during atmospheric entry.
Congratulations to everyone on the NASA JPL Mars Science Laboratory team on the successful landing of Curiousity. Vorticity was privileged to play a small part in this momentous mission.
Vorticity was recently selected to prime a European Space Agency study in the scope of their MREP program to characterise subsonic parachutes for Mars operation
Space Monkey flew to 36km above Oxfordshire on Friday 4th May 2012 as part of our Subsonic Parachute Test programme for the European Space Agency. He hitched a ride aboard the helium balloon carrying the test parachute aloft. After the balloon burst, Space Monkey parachuted safely back to earth. Space Monkey is a mascot for a local Northamptonshire Secondary School.