One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small parachute used to bring the main one into operation.
- ‘At 6,500’, Norge threw out his pilot chute, a piece of fabric that in seconds catches the air, and deploys his main canopy.’
- ‘The pilot chute separated and drifted away, leaving the main in its pack.’
- ‘Protected by an ablative thermal shield, the probe will decelerate to 400 m/s within 3 minutes before it deploys a 2.6 m pilot chute at about 160 km.’
- ‘The national safety and operations manager, said the chain of events that led to her death started with the incorrect packing of the pilot chute, which is used to drag the main parachute from its pack.’
- ‘Protected by an ablative thermal shield, the probe will decelerate to 400 metres per second within three minutes before it deploys a 2.6-metre pilot chute at about 160 kilometres altitude.’
- ‘Once the bridle between the pilot chute and the main canopy had been cut, the pilot chute was no longer attached to the pin or the canopy; there was nothing to pull the pin and drag the main out of the container.’
- ‘After a pass of 5.83 at 250 mph, the pilot chutes were released but were unable to deploy the parachutes enough for them to open.’
- ‘Doug says, ‘We lost a lot of points in Finland over a pilot chute in tow.’’
- ‘Standard pilot chute parachutes fall out of the pack and rely on air coming over the back of the car to deploy them.’
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