Super Loki Starute

The special parachute used by the super loki payload is called a starute. It is designed to deploy at very high altitudes and to give as slow a descent as possible through the upper atmosphere.

packed starute
The packed starute is about 1 ft long and 1 inch in diameter. When deployed, it is about 10 ft across.

inflated starute
Here a surplus starute has been inflated with helium.

Photos (C) 1999 B. H. Suits
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