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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.
The need for an efficient supersonic decelerator arises first for use in aero-braking planetary landers, but may also have other uses such as spacecraft crew escape and aerocapture of orbital planetary probes. Hypercone is a
concept currently under investigation for use in such applications. The paper, Hypercone Inflatable Supersonic Decelerator was authored by: Glen J. Brown, Vertigo, Inc; Chirold Epp, Claude Graves, NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center; Steve Lingard and Matt Darley, Vorticity Ltd; and Keith Jordan, Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Corp.
John Underwood and Sam Overend co-authored this article with Cirrus’ Jay Yeakle Testing of a two-stage reefed 27m polyconical parachute for the Cirrus Jet which was presented at the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar.