Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites




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.

back to Artifacts

back to collectSPACE


© 1999-2014 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.
Questions? E-mail contact@collectspace.com