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Main Parachute Riser Nylon Broadcloth

Mission: Ares I-X  
Launch: November 2009  
Comment: The same type of nylon webbing has been in
use for the main parachute risers on the space
shuttle solid rocket boosters.

This piece of 15,000-pound nylon broadcloth was used as an example of the testing being conducted to develop the main parachute risers for the Ares I-X flight development test vehicle. The material is designed to stretch by 30% of its length before breaking. A riser is one of several straps that attach the harness to the suspension lines or shroud lines. The sub-orbital Ares I-X flight will test the first stage dynamics, controllability and stage separation using a four segment SRB, inert fifth segment, and mock upper stage.

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