The drag chute fairing is a complex component that protects the chute and mechanisms during flight and opens to release the chute at landing.
The deal covers that Fokker would be handling works, such as design improvements, industrialization, tooling design and manufacturing for the drag chute fairing.
Subsystems changes included provisions for a new waste collector system and galley, installation of improved auxiliary power units and a drag chute
identical to those already installed on the rest of the Shuttle fleet.
Upon rollout, the drag chute
was successfully deployed and the aircraft was brought to a stop approximately 1,000 feet from the end of the runway.
I deployed the drag chute
and felt the familiar tug on my shoulder harness as the drag chute
Meyer noted previous manned space projects generated work at Dryden, including developing a training vehicle for the lunar lander for the Apollo program and using the center's B-52 for testing drag chutes
for the space shuttle.
The crew also built a roll bar around the driver's seat and installed parachute tubes for two drag chutes
to slow the car.
Space shuttles were not equipped with drag chutes
to slow and steady their touchdowns until 1992, 11 years into the program.
For the first half of the shuttle program, the vehicles landed safely without using drag chutes