11 July 2016

At INNOPROM 2016, Technodinamika Holding, part of the Rostec State Corporation, will display a scaled down mock-up of a unique parachute system developed to provide safe landing of a manned space module of increased weight with a crew of up to 6 people. Unlike its predecessor, the Soyuz space shuttle parachute system, it has a three-canopy design and offers a higher load-carrying capacity.

“Today only three countries in the world have such systems - Russia, the U.S. and China,” said Alexander Litvinov, Deputy CEO for Innovation, Development and Sales at Technodinamika. “The system was developed by our subsidiary, NII Parachutostroeniya (Scientific and research institute of parachute design and production), Russia’s sole developer and manufacturer and one of the few companies in the world capable of producing the most sophisticated parachute systems for all purposes, including for use on Mars and Venus.”

Along with its extensive experience in modeling and the large amount of accumulated data, the undeniable advantage of the Institute is its in-house developed simulation software system, which helps to reduce the scope of experimental testing for customer.

In addition to the latest system and a system for the Soyuz space shuttle, the Institute was involved in the Energia - Buran space program by developing a system for landing of a 70-ton spacecraft. In the 1990s, the Institute also developed systems for recovery of French Ariane-5 LV’s boosters weighing up to 40 tons. The developed systems were used during tests carried out by the French Space Agency under its space program.
As for the latest systems, parachutes intended for similar missions were developed by American companies for the Dragon and Orion spacecraft. However, all the systems are really unique, since, apart from the difference in weight and type of the spacecraft, they differ in the velocity and type of landing.

NII Parachutostroeniya is the sole company in Russia having competences in developing parachute systems for spacecraft. Given the uniqueness of the company and its significance for the Russian aerospace programs, a modernization program has been underway on its premises for several years. Within its framework, buildings have been repaired and flight test facilities at Kirzhach Airfield have been rebuilt.