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.”
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- PHASE 1 – Construct testplatform, radio controlled powered paraglider (PPL)
- PHASE 2 – Fly EasyStar UAV with Return-To-Launch autopilot
- PHASE 3 – Construct prototype and prepare for launch from airplane at several heights
- PHASE 4 – Launch it in a rocket at a NLD in end of 2009 or beginning 2010