Return-To-Launch rocket / payload recovery


Because flights are going higher and higher, recovery within a reasonable distance from the launch pad becomes equally harder. Due to many factors such as: wind, launch angle directions set by range officers and unforeseen situations during flights, the need for an actively controlled recovery phase grew. This page will describe the quest for such a system.

SPADES – A similar system was made by Dutch Space. Although inmensly further advanced the basics goals are the same: “The fully autonomous SPADES precision airdrop system is designed for safe and accurate delivery of goods at any desired location in support of military or humanitarian missions.”  


Images through the courtesy of Dutch Space.


Please click on the corresponding links for more detailed information

Useful links / References

AIRCATCHER – High performance powered parachutes

ArduPilot home page

Sea Breeze Gondola Build

NASA Parawing Reports

Rogallo type steerable rescue system