Parachute Power & Communication Network
Under a project for the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Corvid has developed unique solutions to embed conductive networks in parachute fabrics. Networks are intended for collecting sensor data during parachute descent, particularly during canopy inflation, and to control integrated actuators such as nitinol “muscle” wires for autonomous guidance. In these applications, embedded parachute networks offer significant performance improvements when compared with networks that use conventional external wires that are susceptible to damage or with stand-alone or wirelessly-connected sensor/actuator nodes that can negatively impact parachute inflation. Networks are based on a unique combination of lightweight, durable, and strong conductive fabrics, network management electronics, and network integration solutions. These features enable the flexibility to create optimized, application-specific networks for both military personnel and cargo parachutes.