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Ares I-X Parachute Analysis
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Ares I-X Parachute Analysis

May 20, 2010
Ares I-X main parachutes installed in Forward Skirt Extension. Ares designers intentionally removed the Y-shaped interior support used in the Shuttle boosters to decrease any chance fabric or lines could snag. The packed parachutes hang below the supporting structure and during the Ares I-X ascent, the weight of the three one-ton parachutes shifted during flight. Engineers believe this movement caused the line to snag.