Development of a Parachute Deployment Mortar for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program

Baker, Michael and Smith, Chris (2004). Development of a Parachute Deployment Mortar for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Baker, Michael
Smith, Chris
Thesis Title Development of a Parachute Deployment Mortar for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Richard Morgan
Total pages 126
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
A parachute deployment mortar for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite has been designed and built and tested. The purpose of testing was to obtain data for comparison with a computer simulation to assist in the future design of a flight article mortar.

Testing showed that the mortar was capable of producing parachute package speeds of 18.8 m/s loaded with 2 grams of shotgun powder and using 3mm diameter orifice. Proof of concept was shown, and the computer simulation was verified. Although the flight article requirement of a 36m/s exit velocity was not achieved, this was not due to reaching the limiting capacities of the mortar design. The computer simulation suggests that future investigations with a larger orifice would yield the required results.
Keyword Parachute Deployment Mortar
Biosatellite

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - UQ staff and students only
 
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